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Vol. XXXV, Number 7 N November 22, 2013

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An advertising supplement produced by the Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac and Mountain View Voice Holiday Guide 2013 1

East Palo Alto program helps ex-cons turn their lives around page 22


INSIDE: Winter Enjoy! Class Guide

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Spectrum 20

Eating Out 28

NNews Jay Paul’s pitch for PC complex meets skepticism NArts Memory-impaired find their voices through art

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NSports Big Game rekindles Stanford’s postseason hopes Page 56

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Jay Paul’s pitch for office complex meets skepticism Developer makes his case to community for large ‘planned community’ project by Gennady Sheyner


ith tensions running high in Palo Alto over new developments and traffic issues clogging up City Hall agendas, Jay Paul Company had an unenviable task on Wednesday night — convincing dozens of skeptical residents that its plan to build two large office buildings

in one of the most congested parts of the city is the right move. Judging by the feedback, the company still has plenty of selling to do. Jay Paul’s proposal for 395 Page Mill Road is the largest “planned community” (PC) application in the city’s free-flowing development

pipeline. The zoning designation allows builders to exceed regulations in exchange for a negotiated set of public benefits. In this case, both the zoning concessions and the benefit on the table tower over those of a typical PC project. Jay Paul is requesting permission to build 311,000 square feet of office space at a site bounded by Park Boulevard, Ash Street and Olive Avenue, already developed to the legal limit. In exchange, it would build for the city a critical amenity

that has been eluding officials for decades: a new police station. “We recognize that we’re asking for a lot in terms of density from the city. I think we’re offering a lot, both in terms of intelligent development for the city going forward and also in terms of the public-safety buildings,” Ray Paul, executive vice president at Jay Paul Company, told a crowd of more than 40 residents. The Wednesday night meeting, organized by Jay Paul, came at a

time when the city’s zoning policies are facing heavy scrutiny and the council is struggling to come to grips with the growing problems of traffic congestion and parking shortages in residential neighborhoods. It took place two weeks after Palo Alto voters overwhelmingly rejected on Election Day a much more modest PC-zone proposal on Maybell Avenue and just two days after Mayor Greg (continued on page 8)


Suit threatened over city’s car-camping ban Coalition of attorneys argues Palo Alto’s new ordinance is cruel, unconstitutional by Gennady Sheyner



Much to be thankful for ... Palo Alto Unified School District board member Melissa Baten Caswell serves up pie and whipped cream to students at Gunn High School on Nov. 21 during the annual Turkey Feast. More than 1,200 students and faculty were served. Costs of the ticket helped pay for the meal and support the nonprofit Ecumenical Hunger Program. The event also featured a canned food drive, where donations will be given to Second Harvest Food Bank.


Palo Alto resident, 85, being held in North Korea Merrill Newman was about to leave the country when he was detained Oct. 26


Palo Alto man traveling through North Korea as a tourist in October was taken off a departing plane and has been detained ever since, his traveling companion to the country has confirmed. Merrill Newman, 85, a resident of the Channing House retirement community, was scheduled to leave North Korea on Oct. 26 with fellow Channing House resident Bob Hamrdla. The day before, Newman and his tour guide had met with one or two Korean authorities, Newman’s son, Jeff Newman, told CNN on Wednesday. Korean authorities discussed Newman’s Korean War service

by Sue Dremann record, his son said. “I understand my dad was a bit bothered,” the younger Newman told CNN, but he and Hamrdla did not think it was an issue. Then authorities asked to see Newman’s passport five minutes before takeoff for Beijing, China, and then they took him away. Jeff Newman said that his father’s arrest is a misunderstanding. “My father is a (Korean War) veteran and wanted to see the country and culture he has been interested in for years. He arranged this with a travel agent that was recommended and said was approved by the North Korean government for travel of foreigners. He had all

the proper visas,” he said. Jeff Newman said his father suffers from a heart condition. Swedish diplomats delivered medicine to North Korea, but he did not know if it was given to his father. The news of Newman’s detention was first reported by the San Jose Mercury News. Newman took Korean-language lessons to prepare for the 10-day independent trip, according to a Channing House newsletter. He and Hamrdla were to be accompanied at all times by two Korean guides, the newsletter noted. “There has to be a terrible mis­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʣȮ

group of Palo Alto attorneys is threatening to sue the city over a recently adopted ban on people living in their cars, a law they claim effectively criminalizes homelessness and is far more draconian than car-dwelling restrictions in other jurisdictions. The coalition, led by Carrie LeRoy, is representing on a pro bono basis several homeless residents who will be unable to live in their cars as of Jan. 6. The plaintiffs include James and Suzan Russaw, a couple who the attorneys say wish to stay in the area to be close to their grandchildren. James Russaw, 84, is also receiving kidney dialysis and needs to be able to get to his medical appointments, the attorneys said in a letter to City Attorney Molly Stump. Fred Smith, a homeless man who has spoken publicly against the ban, is also a client. At the Aug. 5 meeting, shortly before the council voted 7-2 for the ban — with Karen Holman and Marc Berman dissenting — Smith urged the council to reconsider. “I recently lost my job, my wife and my house. I now live in an RV in a commercial zone. Please don’t criminalize me,” Smith said, drawing an applause. LeRoy said in an interview Monday the list of people represented by the group may expand as she and her colleagues proceed with their legal opposition. Other attorneys involved are William Abrams and Paul Johnson, both of the firm King & Spalding, Stanford University

professors Juliet Brodie and Michele Dauber, Menlo Park-based attorney Jeff Koppelmaa, criminal attorney William Safford and public utilities and telecommunications lawyer Nick Selby. The group contends the city’s new ban is far too broad and that staff misrepresented other cities’ ordinances to the council before the vote. “There were a number of attorneys who expressed real concerns and had deep reservations over whether this was actually a constitutional ordinance,” LaRoy said. Abrams, whose work has included high-profile cases involving civil-rights intellectual property, called the Palo Alto ordinance “overbroad.” The effect of the law, he said, will be to force homeless individuals who own or lease vehicles to leave Palo Alto or risk arrest. It will target the city’s “invisible” population, he said — people who don’t have any other options for shelter. In their letter, the attorneys request a meeting with Stump by Dec. 5. Unless the request is met, the letter states: “We will proceed with filing a complaint in court against defendants on behalf of the plaintiffs.” The defendants in this case would be the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Police Department and Police Chief Dennis Burns. Palo Alto’s ordinance was approved after nearly two years of community meetings, outreach ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£{®

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) 8:30 A.M., Thursday, December 05, 2013 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 500 University Avenue [13PLN-00391]: Request by Thoits Brothers Inc. for Architectural Review of a new 26,806 sq. ft. three-story office and retail building in the CD-C (GF) (P) zone district replacing a one-story 15,899 sq. ft. commercial building. The project includes a Design Enhancement Exception (DEE) request to allow roof-top elements to exceed the 50 foot height limit by a maximum of 11 feet. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per CEQA Guidelines Section 15332. 1050 Page Mill Road [13PLN-00423]: Request by 1050 Page Mill Road Property LLC for Preliminary Architectural Review of four new two-story office buildings totaling 283,980 sq. ft. of floor area, replacing two buildings having equal floor area, and associated site improvements in the Research Park (RP) zoning district. 385 Sherman [13PLN-00347]: Request by Daniel Minkoff, on behalf of MF Sherman LLC, for a Preliminary Architectural Review of a proposal for a new three story 55,566 square foot mixed use building, with office and four dwelling units, in the Community Commercial (CC(2)) zone district. Amy French Chief Planning Official

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There has to be a terrible misunderstanding. — Bob Hamrdla, a friend of Merrill Newman, on Newman’s detention in North Korea. See story on page 5.

Around Town

FLASHING LIGHTS ...Aurora — the luminous, interactive tree brought to Palo Alto from Burning Man by a group of children — was successfully installed, piece by piece, branch by branch, in front of City Hall last week. Passers-by might have noticed that by this week, some of Aurora’s 40,000 LED lights were out, due to faulty electrical connections, Aurora organizer and Palo Alto parent Harry Hirschman said. But don’t worry: This week’s heavy rain isn’t the culprit. “This all happened during the initial installation,” Hirschman said. “Charlie (the artist) came down to check everything, and she’s held up just fine in the rain.” Hirschman added that while a team is doing some tweaks on the software that will allow people to interact with the tree via smartphones or tablets, Aurora’s server will be offline. “We are shooting to have the system stabilized by the end of the weekend, best case,” he said.

A CHIEF CONCERN ... After the resignation of Ron Davis, East Palo Alto’s police chief of more than eight years, East Palo Alto is faced with the unenviable task of selecting a new chief. As the city’s top administrator, the weight is by law on City Manager Magda Gonzalez, but East Palo Alto Mayor Ruben Abrica wants a say too. In an open letter, he encouraged Gonzalez to include in the selection process input from the City Council and a citizen selection panel, as was done in the 2005 selection of Davis. The letter also served as a gentle (or not-so-gentle) reminder for Gonzalez to expedite the process of releasing her plan to select a new chief. “For the good of the community and out of respect for our civic tradition, I think that in the spirit of dialogue, Ms. Gonzalez needs to present as soon as possible, and sooner rather than later, her ideas on the process for selecting a chief of police. For this sensitive process, the community needs an opportunity to dialogue and not be left in suspense for an indefinite period of time,” he wrote.

Federico Rocha, who served as a captain under Davis, has taken his spot as interim chief. NO AVE IS AN ISLAND ... Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission meetings are rarely affairs one would describe as dramatic. Wednesday’s meeting, during which the commission discussed the concept plan for the California Avenue area, wasn’t an exception — but it did provide the opportunity for a bit of political grandstanding about Palo Alto’s age-old clash between developmentalists and residentialists. The concept plan, which has been in the works for years, is meant to guide future land use and development in the area. It includes fostering mixed-use development on the avenue, designing Park Boulevard as a “tech corridor” for startups, and maintaining the area’s existing character. Commissioner Michael Alcheck gave a speech with feet firmly placed in the developmentalist camp. He said that when considering developing the area, the city has to look at it on behalf of all the city’s residents and all its future residents, not just the folks who live there now, many of whom espoused maintaining the quiet character of Palo Alto’s sleepy California Avenue area. “Everything about this area screams opportunity,” he said, calling the chance to add mixeduse development and multi-family housing to the area extraordinary. “I’m not suggesting Santana Row — it’s not authentic; it’s not organic; it’s an island,” he said referring to the massive, high-end San Jose shopping development. “California Avenue is an epicenter. ... When people say real estate is about three things — location, location, location — this is the kind of location they’re talking about.” Other commissioners such as Alex Panelli, cited the chief concerns that many of the area residents have — traffic and parking. Panelli wanted the plan to reflect and develop around concrete parking and traffic numbers. N

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In training for a ‘warm, welcoming, delicious’ experience


eople can expect “really delicious food” from Ada’s, the café that will open with the new Mitchell Park Community Center early next year, says founder Kathleen Foley-Hughes. The longtime Palo Alto resident and mother of four knows her way around a kitchen, having catered Academy Award parties and diplomatic events. But Ada’s — to be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. — is a startup enterprise with an unusual mission: employing people with disabilities to prepare and serve great food. “Our goal is to bring people together that usually don’t have an opportunity to connect,” Hughes said. With the community center opening a year behind schedule, Ada’s team members have been biding their time, honing their skills and earning money through catering jobs, including gigs at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco and a recent Portola Valley reception featuring environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. On a recent Saturday in Ada’s gleaming industrial kitchen in Mountain View not far from Mitchell Park, Hughes and four employees wearing kitchen gloves were prepping for a 50-person event they were to cater the following day.

by Chris Kenrick Standing at a stainless-steel counter, Karina Nolan and Monika Pinter were hollowing out mushrooms to make room for stuffing. Linda Linker was sautèing a giant pan of onions she had chopped. Chris Ferkol had cleaned and stemmed the mushrooms, as well as removed the sausage from its casings, and Champ Pederson had shredded quantities of Asiago cheese. “I’m Kathleen’s guy,” the genial Pederson said. “She tells me what to do.” Next on the list was starting the mini chocolate-chip cookies — one of three dessert choices on Sunday’s menu — and Hughes supervised as Ferkol and Pederson broke the eggs and kept the count. “One batch will make seven dozen cookies and we’re going to double it, so how much is that?” Hughes asked. With some effort, one of the cooks came to the right answer. Among other items on Sunday’s menu were shots of tomato soup, roast sweet baby pepper stuffed with quinoa and feta, organic baby spinach salad with Fuyu persimmons and Bartlett pears, shrimp with three dipping sauces, mini empanadas, crostini with blue

cheese and fig jam and mini eggplant Parmesan sandwiches. In winning the city’s Mitchell Park café contract against established brands, Hughes could point to her own catering experience as well as her more recent work in training and managing special education students at Terman Middle School and Gunn High School in opening small cafes to serve teachers and staff. She launched the school ventures when one of her sons, Charlie, was a special education student, as a way to engage those students in the larger Terman and Gunn communities. The experience, she said, “made me realize that this blending of young people with people with disabilities could really work when it’s around this common goal of making something delicious to eat and serving it. “When they were empowered to do that it was truly a magical experience for everybody, so that’s when I realized we needed to bring this to the public.” The work is challenging, to be sure. While most people can complete the training for a California Food Handler’s Certificate in two hours, Hughes says it takes her employees with dis-


Ada’s Cafe, to open at new community center, employs people with disabilities

Kris Ferkol, left, Ada’s Cafe catering associate; Erika Marton, food quality supervisor; Peter Hughes, education and outreach director; and Champ Pederson, catering associate, prepare food at the Ada’s Cafe kitchen for the upcoming Palo Alto High School turkey trot. abilities a lot more time. “We go through each item and do a manual demonstration of what’s being talked about, practice washing hands for 20 seconds. ... They really have it ingrained in them. We spend a lot of time on kitchenequipment safety and knife skills as well.” Employees with certain disabilities do not use knives at all. “It takes a lot longer, but it’s do-able. It just takes more time.” Many workers are adept at repetitive tasks and, with practice, they get faster, she said. With the goals of “commercial success, community values and compassionate employment,” Hughes and her husband, Tony, calculate it will take two and a half years — once Ada’s Café actually opens — for the nonprofit venture to break even. Disabled and non-disabled employees will have wage-paying full- or part-time employment and

other local students will have volunteer opportunities. Hughes herself will remain the unpaid CEO. To purchase kitchen equipment, Hughes has raised funds from the community, including the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, which last year awarded Ada’s $25,000. The café’s name, she said, has a double meaning as the acronym for the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the name of one of her role models, the grandmother of a childhood friend in Pittsburgh, Penn. When Ada’s Cafe opens, Hughes promised, it will be “warm and welcoming — feeding delicious food to everybody who walks in,” just like Ada did. N Information about the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund can be found on page 19 of this paper. A list of the nonprofits that received grants this past year are posted at www.


Committee backs new penalties for stalled construction City Council committee unanimously backs law setting fines for lagging residential projects by Gennady Sheyner


alo Alto residents who take too long to remodel their homes, leaving sections of their blocks fenced off and mired in construction debris, could feel some financial pain. The City Council’s Policy and Services Committee on Tuesday night unanimously supported a new law that would create an escalating schedule of fines for people whose building permits have expired. Once the council approves the law, which it expects to do in the coming weeks, failing to finish a residential project on time will become increasingly costly. While there would be no penalty the first 30 days after expiration, there would be a penalty of $200 per day between the 31st and 60th days. The fine would rise to $400 between the 61st and 120th days and then to $800 per day after 120 days. The law targets projects that have been stuck in construction mode for years, or in the case of one home on the 1600 block of Mariposa, for nearly a decade. The change had been proposed in a September

memo by Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and council members Marc Berman, Karen Holman and Gail Price. The four noted that while there might be a variety of reasons for the construction snags, “The resulting incomplete construction project can become an eye-sore, attractive nuisance and a problem for the residents and neighborhood.” “These incomplete projects detract from neighborhood quality of life, and residents deserve an ordinance that they can rely on to ensure that housing projects start and finish in a reasonable amount of time,” the memo states. In its discussion Tuesday night, the committee wholly backed this sentiment and even agreed to take the law one step further than staff had suggested. Under the staff proposal, a builder would be able to request extensions from the city’s chief building official once the 180-day life of the permit expires. The decision on whether and how many extensions to grant would be completely at the building official’s discretion.

The committee decided on Tuesday that approach is too open-ended and decreed that after two 180-day extensions, a builder would have to convince the council to grant the third one. Homer Maiel, the city’s acting chief building official, said it’s not uncommon for a builder to request an extension once the 180 day expires. These requests, he said, are “easy to deal with.” Subsequent extensions, he said, are uncommon and require a justification and an explanation in writing before it can be granted. “We don’t give it away that easily,” Maiel told the committee. “They have to have good reasons, justified reasons, then we give them the third 180 days.” But Holman and Councilman Larry Klein said the builder should be required to come before the council to receive anything beyond the two extensions. Holman said under the rule proposed by staff anyone can give any excuse for demanding an extension. “What would be the basis for

approving? What would be the basis of denying?” Holman asked, saying she was “disturbed” by the open-ended discretion. “This could just go on for years, and we aren’t any better off than we are now.” To remedy this situation, Holman and her committee colleagues Chair Liz Kniss and Price backed Klein’s proposal to get the council involved in approving any extension beyond the first two. “Our bigger hammer is that this person has to persuade at least five City Council members (the majority of the nine-member council), not just one official,” Klein said. Klein also directed the Office of City Attorney to explore whether the city could take more severe actions against residents whose construction stalls for years, potentially racking up millions in unpaid fines. This would include taking ownership of the house and potentially selling it through foreclosure. Palo Alto’s proposed ordinance is modeled in some ways on similar laws in Atherton and San Bruno, each of which carries fines for ex-

pired permits. Penalties in Atherton are based on the square footage of the project, while those in San Bruno are based on construction value. “Staff felt that that was too much of a one-size-fits-all approach because individual projects, depending on where they’re sited or how complex they are, might take longer or might not cause a visual blight for neighbors,” Deputy City Attorney Albert Yang told the committee. In Palo Alto, staff recommended a flat fee for all projects, with some discretion to waive the fees as circumstances dictate. In most cases, the ordinance would force builders to speed up their projects, pay a fine or ease the unsightliness. “It allows the chief building official to actually require a (wooden) fence to be installed around a property in the event they don’t comply and close out the permit to ensure there isn’t a blight or visual impact to a public right of way,” said Peter Pirnejad, the city’s Development Center director. N

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Upfront CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the regular City Council meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider: 1) Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 16.04 and Adding Chapter 16.61 to Impose Penalties for Maintenance of Expired Residential Building Permit; 2) Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 16.14 to Establish Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Requirements for New Single-Family Residential Construction. *Quasi-Judicial


Palo Alto Unified School District Notice to Bidders NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for: Bid # 13-P-12-SN: Vended Lunches for Terman Middle School There will be a Mandatory Walk-Through on December 6, 2013 @10:20 AM sharp. Proposals must be received at the Purchasing Department, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, by 10AM on December 18, 2013. All questions concerning the proposals should be directed to Denise Buschke by mail or emailed to BY ORDER of the Business Department of the Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto, California. Dated: November 15, & November 22, & November 29, 2013


Traffic steers Jay Paul discussion Transportation agencies warn about developer’s ambitious plan for reducing traffic by Gennady Sheyner n its effort to get city approval for a new office complex at 395 Page Mill, developer Jay Paul Company faces an uphill battle in convincing Palo Alto officials, residents and regional agencies that the project’s traffic won’t overwhelm the already congested area near El Camino Real. While the traffic analysis for the project won’t be released until next month, early efforts to quantify the effects of adding 311,000 square feet of development to the area have been met with skepticism by the agencies that reviewed them, particularly the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the state Department of Transportation. Each agency found that the preliminary analysis by the project’s transportation consultants greatly overstates the number of people who wouldn’t drive their cars to work. At a Wednesday community meeting organized by Jay Paul, the company’s Executive Vice President Ray Paul claimed that one of the major objectives of the project is to get people out of their cars. He lauded the project’s proximity to a Caltrain station as a key reason for planning such a large development. “Our rationale was: It’s close to transit. It’s a way to get the density while minimizing the traffic for that amount of square footage,” Ray Paul told an audience of more than 40 residents. The company proposes a number of incentives to keep people from commuting to work by car, including a bus service, subsidized Caltrain passes and walkways to the office complex from the train station. An October 2012 memorandum from the transportation consultant, Fehr & Peers, estimates that with these measures, the project will add about 2,800 car trips to the area daily, including about 300 new trips each in the morning and in the evening peak hours. The numbers, however, assume that Jay Paul will succeed in reducing traffic from the 395 Page Mill site by 10 percent and that future incentives will reduce traffic trips from the new office complexes by 24.6 percent from where they would otherwise be. Yet the memo from Fehr &


Peers also notes that according to VTA guidelines, “a maximum 3 percent reduction in vehicle trips may be applied for projects near a Caltrain station and a maximum 5 percent reduction may be applied for projects offering financial incentives (e.g., subsidized transit passes) for tenants to use alternative modes of travel.” Jay Paul’s project has far grander ambitions when it comes to minimizing traffic, memos from the transportation consultant indicate. An August 2012 memo cites surveys of buildings near Caltrain and BART stations (including a “confidential site” in Palo Alto and one in Menlo Park) that achieved a 10 to 15 percent reduction in car trips. The memo also notes that, according to the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, for a site near a rail station “with a robust TDM (transportation demand management) program, an additional trip reduction of 2 to 6 percent is likely.” Jay Paul’s list of proposed TDM programs include a carpool service, transit subsidies and various bicycle amenities. Its biggest strategy, its location near Caltrain, is expected to drive down the number of car trips by 10 to 15 percent. In providing feedback on the traffic analysis, however, the VTA notes that Jay Paul’s double-digit estimates for reducing traffic are heavily predicated on its location near Caltrain and the ability for people to walk from the station to 375 Page Mill. VTA points out, however, that there is an “existing gap in the sidewalk network along Sheridan Avenue and Page Mill Road between the project site and the California Avenue Caltrain station.” The developer’s analysis proposes various capital improvements for closing the gap but acknowledges the city “cannot be certain at this time that such improvements will be implemented and no other feasible mitigation measures have been identified.” The VTA urged the city in an August letter to work with the applicant “to strengthen the project’s commitment to providing funds for the sidewalk improvements identified.” If a path for pedestrians does not exist “along the shortest route” between Caltrain and the project, “the project either needs to create

this continuous route or it is not eligible to take the trip reduction.” Caltrans voiced its own concerns about the analysis. In July, it urged the city and Jay Paul to do a study that tallies traffic volumes at all potentially impacted intersections around the site; considers the site’s consistency with the city’s Comprehensive Plan; and identifies ways to improve roadways that won’t be able to handle project-related or future traffic. Caltrans also cited the importance of easing traffic on El Camino Real, a state-owned road also known as Route 82. “Given the scale of the proposed project, the traffic generated will have significant regional impacts to the already congested state highway system,” Caltrans’ District Branch Chief Erik Alm wrote in a letter to Jodie Gerhardt, Palo Alto’s project manager for the Jay Paul project. City staff noted that the traffic numbers are still being revised. Staff had initially hoped to release the draft analysis in September but delayed the release because of staff concerns about the report’s assumptions. At their last discussion of 395 Page Mill, council members stressed the importance of the traffic study, with Councilman Larry Klein calling the study “a determining factor” in the decision on the development. “We don’t even get to a discussion of public benefits in my view until we decide that the traffic is something we can handle,” Klein said at the Sept. 17 meeting. Now, staff is expected to release the study either in December or early next year. Paul Krupka, a transportation consultant charged with developing the TDM program for 395 Page Mill, cited Jay Paul’s experience with TDM programs in other communities, including in Moffett Park in Sunnyvale, where the company built a light-rail station as part of a major commercial project. He noted at the Wednesday hearing that the developer’s agreement with the city will include a stipulation mandating a substantial penalty for noncompliance with trip-reduction goals. The commuting trends of employees would be monitored and reported on an annual basis, he said. N

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the new development. Most chose the latter, prompting the planning commission to schedule another meeting on the concept plan for Dec. 11 so that more people would attend and offer feedback about their neighborhood’s long-term future. “It’s our intention to engage fully with the community and get a full


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opportunity for everyone to express their views and answer any relevant questions,� planning commission Chair Mark Michael said at the onset of the concept-plan discussion. Ray Paul faced a similar task, though unlike the commission he received more than enough input. Residents voiced concerns about traffic congestion, parking shortages and pedestrian safety. Paul freely acknowledged that the project would increase traffic (slowing down the peak-hour drive by between 1 and 2 miles per hour on Oregon Expressway heading toward U.S. Highway 101 and by slightly more than 2 miles per hour going east toward Interstate 280). But he also said the building’s proximity to the California Avenue Caltrain station makes it an ideal site to add office space while minimizing traffic impact. Paul acknowledged that planned-community zoning is a “hot-button� issue in Palo Alto these days, given the voters’ defeat of the Maybell housing development. In the Jay Paul case, he said, the zoning makes sense. “We certainly don’t think and are not promoting the concept that this city or any other city do all of its development through PC or very much of it, but we do think there’s a place for it for virtually any city’s building,� Paul told the audience. “We’d like to make the case for why here.� Though the project would stand near the heavily congested intersection of Page Mill and El Camino Real, Paul argued that the company’s strategies for encouraging alternative commuting would lead many of the buildings’ employees to take public transit and other modes. The company plans to offer a bus service, he said, as well as subsidized Caltrain passes. It also plans to create better walkways for pedestrians between the new buildings and the transit station. “We’re close to the train, we’re close to the bus routes and we think we can put together a traffic-demand-management program that could have a significant impact on the amount of traffic we would cause,� he said. Paul told the audience that the company has plenty at stake in getting the traffic right. “It does us no good to produce an office project where the tenants can’t get into the office in the morning and can’t get out in the afternoon,� he said. “We need a project that makes sense from a traffic point of view. Otherwise we can’t lease it. “I heard a lot of statements about how a developer just wants to make a quick buck and leave town and so on and so forth,� he added. “It just doesn’t work this way.� Though the proposal has yet to undergo a formal City Council review (it’s been a subject of a council study session), it has already had a rocky journey. Just in April, the council’s Infrastructure Committee agreed to expedite the review process to make the timing consistent with a potential Novem-

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Multiple large projects are proposed for the area near Page Mill Road; only one, at 3159 El Camino Real, has been approved so far. ber 2014 infrastructure bond measure, which may include funding for a police building. But now, with PC zoning under fire, it is out of the fast lane. Scharff said Monday that the council will not review it in early December, as previously scheduled. Meanwhile, the city’s traffic consultants are putting together an analysis for the development, a document that the council had hoped would be completed in the fall but that has been delayed until December because of staff’s concerns over methodology. Paul maintained that the analysis will show that the project’s impact, while real, will be far smaller than many fear. The developer, whose large commercial projects include the existing AOL building at 395 Page Mill and many others throughout Silicon Valley, has plenty of experience with high-tech tenants and their parking demand, he said. Even if the donated police building wasn’t in the equation, he said, the proposed development would “stand on its own merits� when it comes to parking and traffic. “We don’t want to be pushing our parking into a residential area,� Paul said. “We don’t believe we have to.� The Jay Paul project consists of two four-story buildings along Olive and Ash streets, each 57 feet high (with another 15 feet of mechanical equipment), and two floors of underground parking. The police headquarters would stand across the street, at 2045 Park Blvd., and would feature underground parking for police vehicles. The design of the buildings is still evolving as the project proceeds through a series of Architectural Review Board meetings. Tom Gilman of the firm DES Architects showed the latest version on Wednesday. The revised design features details such as smaller windows, slimmer lines, punched openings and roof overhangs.

“The idea is of introducing smaller-scale elements that start to have compatibility with the smaller scale of the residential neighborhoods,â€? Gilman said. Not everyone bought these arguments. Bob Moss, a land-use watchdog who was one of the leaders of the successful Measure D referendum, called the project “grossly underparked.â€? He also cited the project’s conflict with the California Avenue area plan, which subdivides the area around California Avenue into three subsections. Moss noted that when the city put the plan together, it looked at existing zoning designations and then considered possible changes. The Jay Paul development, by being developed as a “planned community,â€? would dominate the area, he said. “This project of course is not current zoning and it would consume all the potential development in the California Avenue and then some,â€? Moss said. Joe Hirsch, who also led the referendum campaign, marveled at the fact that the new buildings would go up in a zone already developed to the maximum. “I can’t believe this massive building will make things better,â€? Hirsch said. Neilson Buchanan, a Downtown North resident who has been gathering data about the city’s parking shortages, was one of several residents who stressed the need for a traffic analysis that accounts for the cumulative impacts of the many projects being planned, including the mixed-use building at 3159 El Camino that the council approved this week and the proposed four-story building at 2755 El Camino Real, at the corner of Page Mill, which like the Jay Paul project is requesting a plannedcommunity zone. “What’s frustrating us citizens is that we can’t get our city to (consider) the cumulative impact of all the projects,â€? Buchanan said. N ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠ ÂœĂ›i“LiÀÊÓÓ]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 9

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by Chris Kenrick Flom, tested the idea in Palo Alto High School Living Skills classes over the summer and plans to take it to a broader range of area schools next year. “Really bad things can happen to good people, good teenagers,� LeRoy told a Living Skills class at Gunn High School earlier this month. “There’s some idea in our culture that suggests it’s your fault if something bad happens to you. It’s not, and the law doesn’t look

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oved to act by the case of a Saratoga teenager who died by suicide after hearing reports that photos of her alleged sexual assault were circulating on the Web, a local attorney is visiting classrooms to brief teens on laws about physical assault and distribution of photos and comments in cyberspace. Carrie LeRoy, an intellectual property and technology lawyer in the Palo Alto office of the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &

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of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Nov. 18) 3159 El Camino: The council approved a four-story mixed-use development at 3059 El Camino Real, which includes 48 apartments, office space and retail. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Schmid Edgewood Plaza: The council agreed to spend the penalty from the Edgewood Plaza demolition on historic restoration. Yes: Berman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Burt Abstained: Holman Smoking: The council directed its Policy and Services Committee to explore expanding the city’s smoking ban to downtown and California Avenue. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Schmid

Board of Education (Nov. 19) New elementary school: The board approved a planning timeline that would have them decide on location and programming for a new elementary school by June 2014. Yes: Caswell, Emberling, Mitchell, Townsend Absent: Tom Salaries: The board discussed a proposed 4 percent raise, and 2 percent onetime bonus for teachers, administrators and staff. Members also discussed a proposed 3 percent, onetime bonus for the superintendent. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (Nov. 19) Neighborhoods: The commission provided feedback on the city’s “Know Your Neighbors� grant program and discussed the Rinconada Park Long Range Master Plan. Action: None

Council Finance Committee (Nov. 19) Budget: The committee recommended closing the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, authorized transfers to reserves and approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Yes: Unanimous

Council Policy and Services Committee (Nov. 19) Construction: The committee recommended an ordinance setting fines for expired building permits. Yes: Unanimous Electric vehicles: The committee recommended approving a new ordinance requiring new homes to be pre-wired for electric-vehicle chargers. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Nov. 20) California Avenue: The commission discussed the California Avenue streetscape plan and the area concept plan for the California Avenue/Fry’s Electronics site. The discussion of the concept plan will continue on Dec. 11. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Nov. 21) 777 Welch Road: The board discussed a request by Stoecker and Northway to demolish a 3,046-square-foot building of an existing complex and construct a new three-story 11,724-square-foot building. Action: None

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at it that way.� She said teens should “know your rights and know the law� if they witness or are involved in situations of cyberbullying or sexual assault. LeRoy implored students to speak to a trusted adult — a parent, neighbor, sibling, guidance counselor or coach — “if you see something that doesn’t look right out there on the Internet, in social media, or if you hear that someone was assaulted. “These things are too difficult (for students to handle by themselves),� LeRoy said. Joining LeRoy at the Gunn presentation was a representative of the nonprofit Legal Advocates for Children and Youth as well as several legal associates from Google, who said they were interested in joining the program. She has appealed to lawyers from other companies and firms to make similar presentations to get the message out to a greater number of teens. LeRoy distributed fliers on cyberbullying and sexual assault, with checklists on how students should legally protect themselves and advice such as, “Think before you post! Online photos and messages are there forever. Your photos can be copied and changed.� She reviewed with students the case of the Saratoga teen, 15-yearold Audrie Potts, who died in 2012 eight days after passing out at a party and allegedly being sexually assaulted. “In those eight days she did not talk to a single adult about what happened,� LeRoy said. Instead, LeRoy told the students, Potts went online to try to figure out what happened. After falsely being told, “The whole school has seen these pictures, you’re so screwed, LOL,� she died by suicide. “I think about Audrie Potts in that eight-day period, clearly the darkest time of her life,� she said. “Her mother said she would come home, wouldn’t talk, and she’d slam the door and interact with technology.� LeRoy’s handouts for students list measures for students to protect themselves in any case of cyberbullying or sexual assault, including telling a trusted adult. They also list hotlines and websites where students can find counseling or legal assistance. N 3TAFF 7RITER #HRIS +ENRICK CAN BE EMAILED AT CKENRICK PAWEEKLYCOM

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A TIME FOR SHARING ... Neighbors will share goods and skills on Dec. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the free holiday sharing expo at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Residents can share garden produce and tools, crafts, books, clothes, toys and holidayrelated goods. The event includes workshops on bike tuneups, composting, rug crafts and knifesharpening. HOLIDAY POSADA ... Residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto will celebrate on Dec. 14 the Mexican folk tradition of the Posada, a candlelight procession from house to house re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. This year, the residents will also pray that the mobile-home park will be spared from demolition, as is planned by the property owners. The Posada will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., with the procession starting at 5:30 p.m. Buena Vista is located at 3980 El Camino Real (at Los Robles Avenue). Traditional food and drink will be served. Rain will cancel the event. The event is open to the public, and RSVPs must be made by Dec. 6 to SIGN OF THE TIMES ... The City of Palo Alto has added more Crescent Park blocks to those initially included in the neighborhood’s overnight parking ban. The trial ban now includes: Newell Road from Dana Avenue to Pitman Avenue and Louisa Court; along Dana Avenue from Newell to Alester Avenue and Southwood Court east of Edgewood Drive. Parking is prohibited from 2 to 5 a.m. The trial runs through Sept. 30, 2014. N



SCOUTING FOR FOOD ... Collecting food for the needy is a tradition for Boy Scout Troop 57. Troop 57 collected nearly two tons of food this year and brought it to a collection station at Middlefield and Charleston roads that in total received 10,500 pounds of groceries, according to Scoutmaster Gordon Craig. The Scouts on Nov. 16 had picked up bags of groceries from residents’ porches in the Old Palo Alto, Duveneck/St. Francis, Community Center, Leland Manor and Professorville neighborhoods. The food was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

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‘Old fossils,’ young dinosaurs still gather after 30 years Friendship and sense of community celebrated by Triceratops neighborhood group by Sue Dremann


amon Briggs never bonded strongly to Palo Alto, and he didn’t bond to Los Altos Hills. A sense of place wasn’t something he felt he had in either city. There wasn’t a town center or other common area where kids would gather, he said. But a Palo Alto neighborhood group named for a dinosaur, which developed rather organically, eventually gave him a sense of community he cherished. This year, that group, which brought Green Acres II fathers and sons — and eventually whole families — together, turns 30. Its members still meet up, and they are looking forward to their annual Christmas party. An outgrowth of the YMCA’s Y-Westerners, a father-and-son group that did activities together, the Triceratops built upon a once-a-month function, and, once the Y-Westerners group ended, it naturally continued as a weekly gathering involving seven families, said James Colton, a father who has been with the group since its beginning in 1983. The name — Triceratops — was suggested by one of the dinosaur-loving 7-year-old boys,

Colton said. “It’s pretty funny: We make restaurant reservations under the name,� he said, noting the maitre d’ sometimes stammers over the somewhat unbelievable name. Is that — Mr. Triceratops? The dads even composed a song about the Triceratops — about how they come out of the primordial ooze, he said. There were weekly bike rides and hikes, longer camping trips and beach adventures, horseback rides and fishing and Stanford University football games. After three or four years, the group expanded to include the rest of their families. There was a Mother’s Day brunch at Foothills Park, a Christmas party with white elephant gifts and camping trips to Yosemite National Park. The Triceratops have scattered, and their kids have grown. Three families remain in Palo Alto; others have departed for San Jose, Carmel, Washington and Germany. But everyone comes to the Christmas party, which these days includes the now-grown children’s own families, Colton said. The dads still have a coffee klatch every two or three weeks, and the moms meet quarterly.


Briggs, who lives in Santa Cruz, still stays in touch with group members, and he and member Erik Merilo are good friends. “Erik and I have always done a lot together. ... We’ve even taken some great trips together both in the States and overseas,� he said. The Triceratops provided a safe and supportive environment growing up, Briggs said. “It seems to me we created a small-town family atmosphere within this group while living in the suburban sprawl of the Bay Area, which I think is pretty cool,� he said. “I was a shy kid. Making friends didn’t come easily for me. I think as a father/son group, and very quickly a group of multiple families who socialized together, this made it easier for me to feel comfortable. “I also think it was good for a kid to see the bonds between the parents as well. This group was a great outlet for the parents with camping trips, dinner parties, birthdays. Seeing your parents loosen up a bit, joke argue, cut loose a little with other adults was really a good thing, too.� Kathy Merilo, mother of Erik, recalled the group’s travels throughout California and the

bonds formed. “If friendships create a sense of community, then the Triceratops gave me community. While we were camping, raising children and celebrating, we were developing friendships and a shared history. ... We got to know each other,� she said. “The Triceratops are very scattered now, with some of the older fossils, as the parents refer to themselves, moving out of Palo Alto. We still get together ... albeit not as often as we used to get together, but the bond is still present.� When the Triceratops gather this Christmas, they will toast their friendship and look once again for a triceratops cookie jar that they often joke will be under the tree but has yet to appear. Colton said the group’s longevity is in part a matter of luck, but it is also a compatible group. There is another fundamental reason the friendship has lasted, Colton said. “All of us moved here from somewhere else, without family. Without realizing it, this became a substitute family,� he said. N 3TAFF 7RITER 3UE $REMANN CAN BE EMAILED AT SDREMANN PAWEEKLYCOM


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screen movie night to a multicultural barbecue and yoga day in a park. About 3,175 people participated, and the city spent $19,378.28, or $6.10 per person, Recreation Supervisor Khashayar Alaee said. “This is very exciting, and I think it’s money well-spent,� Commissioner Keith Reckdahl said. Staff has recommended the 2014 grants budget remain at $25,000. But Chairman Ed Lauing said he would favor increasing the budget to $30,000. Some neighborhoods submitted proposals after the allocation deadline, and staff plans to increase advertising and public outreach. The commission didn’t vote on the recommendation Tuesday. Some changes in 2014 could leave past recipients without funding this year. Commissioners said they want under-represented neighborhoods and different people to take part. Events such as block parties, which neighborhoods have routinely funded on their own, might be put on a secondary tier for funding, they suggested. More than half of the funded proposals in 2013 were for events the neighborhoods had done previously, Alaee said.

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alo Alto’s one-year-old Know Your Neighbors grant program should focus less on subsidizing block parties and food and more on new ideas and additional neighborhoods next year, the Parks and Recreation Commission told city staff on Tuesday evening. The City Council approved a $25,000 expenditure for 2013 to finance small, neighborhood events that build community and encourage relationships, especially among new neighbors. The council will review and vote on the full proposal on Dec. 9, when the program is up for its 2014 funding. Staff presented a preliminary report, including this year’s results, for feedback to the parks and recreation commission on Nov. 19. Commissioners were uniformly pleased with the 2013 results. But they agreed with staff that financing food purchases, some of which were a bit extravagant, should be reined in. The Know Your Neighbors program, the brainchild of former Mayor Yiaway Yeh, launched on April 11, approving 39 grants up to $1,000 each. Of those, 22 events took place, ranging from a big-

by Sue Dremann “I think you have to be careful about funding repeats,� Vice Chairwoman Jennifer Hetterly said. Only 27 percent were “new and innovative ideas,� which was a program goal, Alaee said. Those events should create a “structure� that residents can build upon, beyond a single-day event, Commissioner Deirdre Crommie said. “It’s a model used in the Girl Scouts. There’s a life beyond the project that continues on,� she said. Commissioners were concerned about funding give-away items. Granting $1,000 for an emergency-preparedness event that distributed emergency-supply backpacks to 25 people was considered “a little unsustainable� by Crommie. Hetterly agreed. An event that helps people build emergency kits might be more appropriate, she said. Grants for food might also be capped next year. “We did see significant amounts spent on food. In some cases on very good food,� Alaee said. Grant recipients also would not be reimbursed for expenses that were co-mingled with personal

purchases, Alaee said. That practice created a significant administrative burden to go through line by line. A survey of 2013 participants found the program met three if its stated goals: It increased communication, enhanced pride and identity within neighborhoods and included multiple generations and

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Palo Alto woman seriously injured in crash A 57-year-old resident of Palo Alto is in critical condition following a head-on collision on University Avenue at Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. (Posted Nov. 20, 9:55 p.m.)

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Board OKs timeline on opening new school Palo Alto school board members will vote by June on a location for a new elementary school, and also whether that school will have regular or special programming such as Spanish immersion, according to a timeline approved by the board Tuesday. (Posted Nov. 20, 9:54 a.m.)

Proposed law to make new homes EV-friendly Seeking to remain in the driver’s seat of the electric-vehicle revolution, Palo Alto officials on Tuesday enthusiastically backed a new law that will force home builders to go along for the ride.

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Man causes minor injuries to four police A man got into a scuffle with police at Palo Alto’s Opportunity Center and caused minor injuries to four police officers before he was arrested, according to Palo Alto police. (Posted Nov. 19, 3:28 p.m.)

Edgewood fine to pay for historical restoration Those who destroy history are bound to restore it. So decreed the Palo Alto City Council on Monday night as it voted to use a penalty from an illegal demolition at Edgewood Plaza to fund a future restoration of a historical building. (Posted Nov. 19, 9:27 a.m.)

Mixed-use project on El Camino wins approval As Palo Alto prepares to adopt a long-awaited vision for the eclectic neighborhood around Fry’s Electronics, a group of dense, new developments is winding its way through the city’s development pipeline, threatening to significantly alter the facts on the ground. (Posted Nov. 18, 10:18 p.m.)

Former Stanford dean: ‘Find your own path’ In a speech at Gunn High School, former Stanford dean of freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims implored students to focus on setting their own paths and resisting the pressure of others to pursue certain colleges or certain careers. (Posted Nov. 18, 4:51 p.m.)

Weekend water outage raises concerns A routine replacement of an old water meter at a Palo Alto home conducted by the Utilities Department on Friday, Nov. 15, turned into a broken supply line that left the homeowner without his own water supply for the weekend. (Posted Nov. 18, 9:45 a.m.)

Man killed in single-car crash on Hwy. 280 The driver of a pickup truck who was killed in Los Altos Sunday morning has been identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner. (Posted Nov. 18, 9:37 a.m.)

Firefighters knock out College Terrace fire Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that began in a back room of a house on the 2100 block of Princeton Street after it spread into the attic late Friday night, Nov. 15. (Posted Nov. 17, 4:32 p.m.)

Man avoids murder conviction in killing A man who shot and killed an East Palo Alto resident following a parking dispute between two women was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday, Nov. 14. (Posted Nov. 17, 9:45a.m.)

Office manager sentenced for health care fraud The manager of a Palo Alto dental office convicted of faking an insurance claim and pocketing more than $3,000 was sentenced this week to 45 days in county jail, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. (Posted Nov. 15, 12:10 p.m.)

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and persistent criticism from the homeless community. The ordinance makes it illegal for individuals to use “a vehicle for a dwelling place” (it makes exceptions for mobile-home parks and for guests of city residents). The council adopted it largely in response to a growing encampment of homeless people at the Cubberley Community Center in south Palo Alto and the resulting increase in complaints to police about what city officials dubbed a “de facto homeless shelter.” According to police data, the number of complaints about Cubberley dwellers rose from 10 in 2010 to 39 in 2012. An August staff report noted that in some cases, vehicle dwelling resulted in “nuisances or more serious disturbances to residents and businesses.” The ordinance states vehicle habitation causes the city to “incur increased costs for policing, maintenance, sanitation, garbage removal and animal control” and that it “creates a risk to the health, safety and welfare of those persons in the vehicles, as well as the public at large.” Abrams rejected this argument. The city, he said, already has plenty of ordinances in places for addressing incidents in which people disturb the peace, engage in violent conduct or engage in public drug or alcohol use. “This is directed toward getting rid of homeless people in Palo Alto,” Abrams told the Weekly. At the Aug. 5 meeting, Stump told the council that violation of the car-dwelling ordinance would in most cases result in an infraction, though it could be turned into a misdemeanor at the city attorney’s discretion. Staff noted enforcement would be based largely on complaints. The most severe penalty would be a fine of $1,000, Stump told the council. Critics contend the proposed punishment is not only draconian but illegal. In recommending the ordinance, staff from the planning department and the city attorney’s office cited similar bans in neighboring jurisdictions and noted 92 percent of the cities in Santa Clara County (all except Monte Sereno) have restrictions of some sort in place. In San Mateo County, all cities except for Colma, East Palo Alto and Portola Valley regulate vehicle habitation, a report from city staff states. Not having such an ordinance makes Palo Alto a “magnet” for vehicle dwellers, proponents of the ban argued. The attorneys contend that this argument — other cities have such ordinances and so should Palo Alto — is a misrepresentation. While most cities do indeed have restrictions, Palo Alto’s new law is both

Upfront broader and more punitive than those elsewhere, LeRoy said. In Mountain View and Menlo Park, for instance, vehicle bans are limited to residential areas (in Menlo Park, this includes 300 feet within a residential zone). In Los Altos, it is illegal to “stop, stand or park a vehicle� for longer than 30 minutes between 2 and 6 a.m., when a notice is posted on the block. Palo Alto’s law, meanwhile, applies to all streets, all the time. Furthermore, punishment for violating this ordinance in other cities is a parking citation. In Palo Alto, it could potentially be incarceration, LeRoy said. The difference between a parking ticket and possible jail time is huge, she said. Palo Alto’s ordinance, she argued, effectively makes homelessness a crime. “Cities across our nation have come up with restrictions that may be directed at homeless residents, but include exceptions so as to avoid punishing homeless residents for involuntary acts necessary to human survival, such as the acts of resting or sleeping,� her letter stated. “The VHO (vehicle habitation ordinance), on the other hand, is one of the most punitive ordinances in the area and it has the effect of criminalizing the status of homelessness.� Though Stump said on Aug. 5 that violations would be prosecuted as misdemeanors only as a “last resort,� Abrams said the assurance is insufficient. In addition to the ordinance, the council adopted a separate law on Aug. 19 mandating all community centers, including Cubberley, be closed between 10:30 p.m. and sunrise. LeRoy noted in an interview that the council’s ban on overnight parking at Cubberley and other community centers already addressed the major problem that the city was trying to solve in banning vehicle habitation. Given the new restriction on community-center hours, the broader ban on vehicle dwelling wasn’t tailored to address any legitimate concerns, she said. “If vehicle dwellers can’t be here at night during normal sleeping hours, do you still need to ban vehicle habitation throughout the city?� she asked. She contended that if the City Council knew that the proposed ordinance goes far beyond those of neighboring cities, it might have been less likely to support the proposed vehicle-habitation ban. She couldn’t say Monday what an acceptable alternative ordinance would be, noting that this might be the subject of settlement discussions. “I think the effort now is to repeal the vehicle ordinance,� LeRoy said. Abrams concurred: “Now, we have an ordinance that is illegal, that is unconstitutional and that needs to be stricken down.� N 3TAFF7RITER'ENNADY3HEYNER CAN BE EMAILED AT GSHEYNER PAWEEKLYCOM


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City looks to spread smoking ban Palo Alto’s ever-expanding ban on smoking is now drifting toward downtown and California Avenue. By an 8-1 vote, with Greg Schmid dissenting, the City Council directed its Policy and Services Committee on Monday night to explore banning outdoor smoking in the city’s two primary business thoroughfares. The council also charged city staff to conduct outreach to the residents, workers and property owners in the two areas, which would include University Avenue, California Avenue and possibly other nearby streets. The idea was floated in a colleagues memo from Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and councilwomen Karen Holman and Gail Price. It comes about three months after the council voted to ban smoking in all public parks and open-space preserves, including the city’s golf course. At the time, the council also increased the no-smoking buffer zone near public entrances to buildings from 20 to 25 feet. The latter restriction already limits smokers on University to tiny sanctuaries, mostly in alleyways, plazas and street corners that are the requisite distance away from building entrances. Even so, the four council members urged the council to take things a step further and explore a comprehensive ban. This, the memo argued, would make enforcement easier and provide “clarity� on the current ban. The memo references smoke’s “serious health impacts� and its effect on all people visiting or working in downtown. “Smoke filters into buildings; and cigarette butts litter the sidewalks, planters and other visible public areas,� the memo stated. “Business owners with outdoor dining areas are also affected as second-hand smoke drifts to outdoor eating areas, negatively affecting their customers’ dining experience and potentially creating negative health impacts.� The council discussion followed a familiar pattern when it comes to smoking bans, a brief discussion, virtually no public input (one speaker, Trish Mulvey, lauded the council for moving ahead with the broader restriction), and a quick vote. In this case, however, the vote was not unanimous. In Schmid’s dissent, he suggested the city may be going too far. “I think the role of local government is toleration and acceptance of things we don’t necessarily like,� Schmid said. ˆ'ENNADY3HEYNER

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Castilleja neighbor launches petition drive A neighbor of Castilleja School has launched a petition urging city officials to crack down harder on the school, which has exceeded its city-authorized enrollment for the past decade. In a Sept. 25 letter to Castilleja, Palo Alto Advance Planning Manager Steven Turner said the school’s current headcount of 448 exceeds by 33 students the enrollment cap authorized by its city use permit, issued in 2000. But “recognizing the hardship involved with an immediate demand to bring enrollment down to 415,� Turner said the reduction could be accomplished over a period of years “through natural attrition and voluntary measures, such as acceptance of fewer new incoming students.� In addition, Turner fined the school and ordered it to implement a plan to reduce traffic, which Castilleja launched this fall and which includes a new shuttle service and other measures. But Stan Shore, a longtime resident of Kellogg Avenue, which borders the school, said Turner should have ordered the school to cut its enrollment to 415 by next September. “Castilleja has been over-enrolled for 10 years,� Shore said in a Nov. 13 e-mail to Turner. “The school does not need and definitely does not deserve one extra day to reduce their blatant over-enrollment.� The petition, being circulated by Shore as well as nearby property owners Vic Befera and Michael Manneh, calls on the city to withdraw the school’s use permit unless it cuts its enrollment from 448 to 415 by the start of the 2014-15 academic year. ˆ#HRIS+ENRICK

School board open to big raises Palo Alto Unified School District board members indicated support for a proposed 4 percent raise for teachers, based on their 201213 salaries, plus a onetime bonus of 2 percent, at the Tuesday, Nov. 19, meeting. The board will take a final vote Dec. 10. The proposal would bring the salary of an entry-level teacher from $52,965 to $55,083, plus a one-time bonus of $1,059. A mid-career teacher would go from $85,924 to $89,360, plus a one-time bonus of $1,718. The most senior teachers on Palo Alto’s salary schedule now earn $106,951, and an additional 4 percent would bring them to $111,229, plus a onetime bonus of $2,139. Non-unionized management employees, school staff and secretaries would receive parallel raises and bonuses. Superintendent Kevin Skelly would not get a raise, but would receive a onetime bonus of 3 percent, bringing this year’s salary of $287,163 to $295,777. ˆ#HRIS+ENRICK ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠ ÂœĂ›i“LiÀÊÓÓ]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 15



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understanding. I hope that the North Koreans will see this as a humanitarian matter and allow him to return to his family as soon as possible,” Hamrdla said in a statement. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined this week to confirm Newman has been detained, citing privacy laws. But she said a travel warning to North Korea was updated Nov. 19 and reflects “recent events and reports of North Korean authorities detaining U.S. citizens.” U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies, special representative for North Korea policy, said during remarks in China this week that Newman’s detention did not bode well for easing tensions over nuclear disarmament with North Korea. “I think it is an indication that North Korea seems not to be seeking a better relationship with the United States, that they are not taking actions to address our concerns on American citizens being held in North Korea,” he said. Newman is not the first American to be detained in the past year in North Korea. Kenneth Bae, an American of Korean descent, was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and received a 15-year sentence of hard labor in May, having been found guilty of “hostile acts.” North Korea claimed he attempted to topple the government. The U.S. has been trying to secure his release but has been unsuccessful, Davies said. “We certainly think that North Korea should think long and hard about these cases and understand that, for the United States, these are matters of core concern for us, the fate of Americans who are in North Korea being held by North Koreans. But I don’t want to make any solid line link between these cases and broader issues,” he said. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Thursday that Newman’s detention is part of a series of “very, very disturbing choices by the North Koreans,” according to the Washington, D.C. news outlet The Hill. He called on North Korea to free Newman and other detainees. The U.S. has been working with China to help resolve nuclear and other issues with North Korea. “I think this is obviously one of those moments when North Korea needs to figure out where it’s heading and recognize that the United States of America is not engaging in belligerent, threatening behavior. We are anxious to proceed to a negotiation about denuclearization and to move away from these kinds of provocative actions,” he said. The United States has no diplomatic ties with North Korea. The U.S. government relies on the Embassy of Sweden as the U.S.’s protecting power in Pyongyang. The Swedish embassy there provides limited services to U.S. citizens who are ill, injured, arrested or who die, according to a State Department travel warning.



Merrill Newman Under the U.S.-DPRK (North Korean) Interim Consular Agreement, North Korea is supposed to notify the Swedish Embassy within four days of an arrest or detention of a U.S. citizen and will allow consular visits by the Swedish Embassy within two days after a request. The North Korean government routinely delays or denies consular access, however, according to the State Department. Calls to the Swedish Embassy were not immediately returned. Newman, a retired finance executive for technology companies, was featured in a Palo Alto Weekly article in May 2005 after being honored with the Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement award. He was an avid traveler. He volunteered for the Palo Alto Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for nearly 60 years and was on its board for 30 years. He also served on the boards of several other local nonprofits and companies. Friends of Newman declined to comment on his situation this week, citing fears for his safety. But his son expressed his desire for his father’s release in an interview with the Associated Press: “All we want as a family is to have my father, my kids’ grandfather, returned to California so he can be with his family for Thanksgiving.” Since January 2009, four U.S. citizens have been arrested for entering the country illegally, and two citizens who entered on valid visas were arrested inside North Korea on other charges. The State Department has received other reports of North Korean authorities arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizens and not allowing them to leave the country. Visitors can be arrested for involvement in unsanctioned religious or political activities, even if performed outside of the country, unauthorized travel or unauthorized interaction with the local population, according to the State Department. Other reasons cited for detention include speaking directly to North Korean citizens, exchanging currency with unauthorized dealers, taking unauthorized photographs or shopping at stores not designated for foreigners. Up to one-third of all Western tourists in North Korea are now American, according to North Korean (NK) News. North Korean tourist authorities have been relaxing restrictions on U.S. visitors. N



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To be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, December 5, 2013, in the Palo Alto City Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168.

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Nov. 12-18 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Battery/sexual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Family violence/threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 3 Hit and run: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 7 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle/stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 3 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Elder abuse/financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1


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Menlo Park Nov. 13-18 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Domestic battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . 3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/mjr. injury . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Tree blocking roadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Prohibited weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Encina Avenue, 11/12, 9:05 p.m.; Battery N. California Avenue, 11/12, 5:25 p.m.; Battery/sexual 2200 El Camino Real, 11/13, 10:33 a.m.; Battery Starr King Circle, 11/13, 10:58 p.m.; Domestic violence/battery Greer Road, 11/13, 12:25 p.m.; Battery Campesino Avenue, 11/16, 2:04 p.m.; Family violence/threats Middlefield Road, 11/17, 5:31 p.m.; Domestic violence

Menlo Park 1200 block Crane St., 11/14, 5:51 a.m.; Battery Marsh Road/Hwy. 101, 11/14, 3:48 p.m.; Domestic battery 1200 block Carlton Ave., 11/15, 4:16 p.m.; Battery

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John Henry Pfluke John Henry Pfluke passed away on November 15, 2013, at Stanford Hospital with family by his side. He was born on June 17, 1931 in Peoria, Illinois to John William Pfluke and Lillian Ann Archer Pfluke. An only child, he had the quintessential 1940’s American Midwest upbringing. He met his wife, Sybil Hochguertel, when he was an Air Force Lieutenant at a radar station near to her hometown in Germany in 1956. He earned his BS and MS degrees from St. Louis University. Sybil joined him in St. Louis, where they married in 1957. After living in State College, Pennsylvania where Jack earned his PhD in Geophysics, they moved to Alexandria, Virginia, then to San Francisco in 1965, and settled in Palo Alto in 1974. Jack was a consummate joker, loved a good party, and was the earliest of bicycle commuters. He worked at the United States Geological Survey where he studied earthquakes, and spent his free time playing handball. Jack was an active member of his community and the Catholic church, and was an active member and longtime officer of the Palo Alto Elks Club. He is survived by his five children Lillian Pfluke, Teresa Pfluke Barnes, John Pfluke, Christine Pfluke Murakami, and Paul Pfluke, by his eleven grandchildren Raymond Anton Herrly, Christopher John Herrly, Brendan Peter Barnes, Lily Alane Barnes, Nicolas Quinn Barnes, Gabrielle Marie Pfluke, John Hein Pfluke, Anthony John Pfluke, Margaret Ann Murakami, Sienna Jennings Pfluke, and Anna Jennings Pfluke. Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral mass at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church at 1095 Channing Avenue in Palo Alto, California on the 24th of November at 2 pm. PA I D


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Robert E. (Bob) Peters Robert E. (Bob) Peters died on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, surrounded by his family, two days before his 92nd birthday. He was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Champaign, Ill., the eldest child of Rev. Earnest J. and Frances (Kristufek) Peters. The son of a Methodist minister and nurse who had met while serving during World War I, he grew up in several towns in Indiana. A highlight following his high school graduation in 1940 was playing the trombone with Woody Herman’s band in the Midwest. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and served from 1942-1945, primarily as a crew chief for B-24 Liberator airplane mechanics on duty in North Africa. He took particular pride in devising a technique for engine repair that helped to quickly get aircraft back into action. He went on to study mechanical engineering at Purdue University and earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from Indiana University

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in 1952. Soon thereafter, he established a solo law practice in Lafayette, Ind. He married Mary Margaret (Peggy) Garigan in 1950. They settled in West Lafayette, Ind., where they raised five children. Peggy died in 1971. He moved to California in 1977, where his favorite activities included leading tours of the exhibits at the NASA Ames Research & Visitor Center and working on job placement for seniors through the National Council on Aging. He thoroughly enjoyed living at Stevenson House in Palo Alto, where he resided since July 2002 and worked at the front desk from September 2004 to January 2008. He is survived by his brother, Glenn (Elizabeth) Peters, and his five children: Katherine (James) Eckstein, Thomas (Dianne) Peters, Elizabeth (Claude) Dumpson, Margaret (Robin) Malloy and Barbara (Dale) Pollek. He is also survived by Nora Weissman, his close friend of many years, and by his 11 grandchildren: Ahmed and Aja Cooper and Claudia Dumpson; Jeff (Kerry)

and Meghan Peters; Laura and Brian Eckstein; Gina (Andrew) Claxton and Giovanni Malloy; and Wesley and Hannah Pollek. A celebration of his life will be held at Stevenson House on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 2-4 p.m. The family suggests that gifts in his memory could be given to Stevenson House, 455 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306. (

BIRTHS David and Gina Nellesen, Menlo Park, Nov. 6, a boy. Dennis and Rosemary Hintz, Portola Valley, Nov. 7, a girl. Christopher and Patricia Bors, Woodside, Nov. 9, a boy. Bryan and Alyssa Archell, Mountain View, Nov. 11, a boy. Timothy Goodwin and Rosalea Gunter, Mountain View, Nov. 12, a girl.

Bonnie Hensleigh “Bonnie Hensleigh, a resident of Stanford, CA, went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2013. Wife of the late Paul Allen Hensleigh MD, PhD (2007). Mother of Paul Andrew Hensleigh of Elk Grove, CA, Michelle Pilarczyk of Singapore and the late Heather Gribble of Olathe, KS. Sister of Peggy Grabham of Maryland and Virgil Frederiksen of Nevada. Grandmother of 6. Born April 1, 1939 in Allen, Kansas. Age 74. Memorial services were held at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and will be held at the Winchester Reformed Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Kansas on November 22, at 2:00 PM.” PA I D


CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the Council meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider An Approval of a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Record of Land Use Action for an Architectural Review Approval for the Demolition of an Existing 7,000 square-foot, Two–story Commercial Building and the Construction of a four-story, 50-foot, Mixed-use Building with a New Floor Area of 15,000 square feet, Including a Nonappealed Variance to Encroach into the Required Seven-foot Special Setback along Hamilton Avenue and to Encroach into the Required Six-foot Special Setback along Ramona Street, on a Parcel Zoned CD-C(GF)(P) located at 240 Hamilton Avenue.

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Support our Kids with a gift to the Holiday Fund. Last Year’s Grant Recipients 10 Books A Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Abilities United . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ada’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Adolescent Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Art in Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Breast Cancer Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 California Family Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 CASSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Cleo Eulau Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Collective Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Community School of Music & Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Community Working Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Creative Montessori Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Downtown Streets Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 DreamCatchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Environmental Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Family Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Family Engagement Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foothill College Book Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foundation for a College Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Hidden Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 InnVision Shelter Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 JLS Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Jordan Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Kara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 Magical Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Mayview Community Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Music in the Schools Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Creation Home Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Voices for Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Nuestra Casa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 One East Palo Alto (OEPA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Community Child Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Palo Alto Housing Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Humane Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,500 Peninsula Bridge Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Peninsula College Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Peninsula Youth Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Project WeH.O.P.E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Quest Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Racing Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Raising A Reader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ravenswood Education Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Silicon Valley FACES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 South Palo Alto Food Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000 St. Elizabeth Seton School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 St. Vincent de Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,000 TheatreWorks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Youth Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000

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ach year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Since the Weekly

and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation cover all the administrative costs, ever y dollar raised goes directly to support community programs through grants to non-profit organizations ranging up to $25,000. And with the generous suppor t of matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga & Peery foundations, your tax-deductible gift will be doubled in size. A donation of $100 turns into

Give to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund and your donation is doubled. You give to non-profit groups that work right here in our community. It’s a great way to ensure that your charitable donations are working at home.

$200 with the foundation matching gifts. Whether as an individual, a business or in honor of someone else, help us reach our goal of $350,000 by making a generous contribution to the Holiday Fund. With your generosity, we can give a major boost to the programs in our community helping kids and families.


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Editorial Helping kids this season


on’t let the reviving Silicon Valley economy lull you into thinking that there isn’t a continuing divide, even in the affluent Palo Alto area, between those riding high and the many families living on the edge and needing a bit of help. Children are too often the innocent victims of economic hard times, and we are lucky to have so many well-run nonprofit organizations that are serving their needs. The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, now in its 20th year, provides everyone in our community the opportunity to make a donation and know that it will be combined with hundreds of others and dispersed to approximately 50 carefully vetted local agencies, mostly in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. There are two important reasons why giving to the Holiday Fund uniquely leverages your donation: First, every dollar raised is given away (in the form of grants to nonprofits that apply,) and the Weekly and Silicon Valley Community Foundation underwrite all the expenses. So none of your money goes to any administrative costs. And second, thanks to the support of the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga and Peery foundations and a Palo Alto family that wishes to remain anonymous, any donation you make is doubled in size. So if you give $100, the Holiday Fund is able to grant $200 to a worthwhile program serving children and families in our area. Over the next six weeks, we’ll be asking for your donations of any amount and publishing the names of those who contribute to help inspire others to give and be publicly thanked. The list of organizations the Holiday Fund supported this last year are listed in the ad on page 19, but they include groups in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto that are providing counseling, tutoring, mentoring, reading programs, environmental education, health services, child care, food, shelter, music, art and science curriculum, and much more. We have a deep commitment to community service and to supporting the work of nonprofits that are working hard to support those who need it, and we hope you will join us in this cause. Whether you give $25 or $25,000, it is a powerful statement when hundreds of local people unite around a common philanthropic objective and combine their giving to raise $350,000 or more to give back to the community. Giving is easy, and it’s fully tax-deductible. Either go online to or use the coupon below. Along with the thousands of kids and families that ultimately benefit from your gift, we are grateful for your help.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Bans need more bite

Tickets or cash cows?

Editor, Speaking as a downtown dweller and aggressive anti-smoker, I was thrilled to learn that Palo Alto’s City Council will discuss expanding the smoking ban around public building entrances to 25 feet. But then I remembered my excitement when city ordinance 4294 passed in 1995. This legislation prohibited smoking within 20 feet of public building entrances, and declared fines of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for the third. By the looks of it, the city has not done a great job of enforcing this law over the past 18 years. Smokers congregate on the sidewalks outside the doorways of offices, shops and restaurants throughout the day and evening. In 2013, the American Lung Association assigned Palo Alto another “D” grade in Tobacco Control. If the city truly cares to reduce our exposure to secondhand smoke, we need laws with consequences and we need the police to punish infractions. We don’t need another feelgood measure. It’s time we got some do-good action. Jaclyn Schrier Alma Street, Palo Alto

Editor, We have lived in our present house for 32 years, owned one car, which is parked in the garage, and have not had any traffic tickets until lately. Our daughter visiting from Chicago did not deserve the citation she received and when she protested that she had not been there for the two hours they refused to waive the ticket. Her rental car had been parked in front of our house but she had left to pick up her grandson and then returned. A home aide has received a ticket earlier for parking on Cornell. Has the traffic department forgotten that Facebook was the reason behind the two-hour parking limit and since they are no longer in Palo Alto, should not there be a relaxation of the parking limit? The next street over, Wellesley, has no parking restriction and cars remain there as long as they want, some for days. There was a sport trailer parked on that street for a week to 10 days with no ticket. Has the two-hour limit on other streets become a cash cow for the city?

Cost of living too high Editor, In reply to David Moss’, “Show Me the Solution,” Nov. 15, 2013, he has the cart before the horse. The demographics on the population of Palo Alto are as follows: According to 1. Palo Alto population, as of 2010, is in the 66,000 neighborhood; 2. Median income is $120,670; 3. 60.6 percent white, 27 percent Asian and 6.2 percent Hispanic; 4. 5.7 percent live in poverty. According to The Palo Alto Home Value Index is $1,788,000. According to The average rent in Palo Alto is $2,636. The obvious question to ask, and not of those who want to develop, just what is the current inventory of affordable senior housing; how many seniors in Palo Alto need affordable housing; what is the projected growth of low-income seniors over the next period of time. I am a senior, 68, still working because I have to and want to. When, if, I retire, I’m leaving. Low-income housing is insufficient to make me want to stay. Housing is only part of the problem; the overall cost of living in Palo Alto is too high. M. Lee Brokaw Hanover Street, Palo Alto

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Is there another solution for this problem other than obtaining multiple CT decals? Jean Garrett California Avenue, Palo Alto

No surprise on delay Editor, News about yet another delay in the opening of the Mitchell Park Library that was supposed to open in 2011 comes as no surprise to us who remember 1999 when the city library director and other officials proposed closing three of our excellent six libraries. Many of us, including Friends of the Library, battled vigorously to keep them open. We succeeded in keeping the downtown and College branches open and now flourishing. Now with the bungling and squabbles about the blame equally shared by city architects, engineers, Public Works Department and the general and sub-contractors, only God knows when the library will open. Lesson learned: The city neither knows how to close libraries nor open them. Vic Befera High Street, Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion The best elementary school locations for a growing community by Diane Reklis here are 25 percent more element a r y students in our district today than when I moved here in 1979, yet we have two fewer elementary schools. The Palo Unified School District plans to reopen at least one elementary school soon. Last year the board appointed the elementary school site location advisory committee to comment on the best location and program for the 13th school. They concluded that the new school should: * be located on the adjacent sites of the former Peninsula Day Care and Greendell Elementary School, and, * be a hybrid site serving the needs of both neighborhood children and those who choose a particular program. The committee provided valuable insight and clarity. Their analysis should be extended to the broader topic of the best locations for all of our elementary schools. I believe their recommendations hold the key to resolving the conflicting desire for more neighborhood spaces for children who live within the current Palo Verde attendance boundaries and for more opportunities for families who desire the Ohlone program. The ideal neighborhood school is one where most children in the neighborhood attend and where they can safely walk or ride bicycles to get there. When kids go to school near home, traffic is minimized, they can get home in an emergency, and


the school becomes a natural hub for family and neighborhood activities. This increases the health and safety of us all. The district provides special education plus several alternative programs (Ohlone “open school,” Hoover “back to basics,” Spanish immersion and Mandarin immersion) for families who need or want a program other than the one at their neighborhood school. We once had neighborhood schools within safe walking or biking distance from nearly every home in Palo Alto. Decisions made 30 years ago assigned some students far from home and left some schools with too many students. Reasonable school boundaries allow most students to attend school near home. We must realign our schools with our students. All our schools are feeling enrollment pressure, but Ohlone and Palo Verde are particularly impacted. Ohlone’s campus recently expanded, but this added too much traffic for its quiet neighborhood, and its waiting list is still long. Palo Verde’s campus is small with little room to expand and several recent housing developments have made the problem worse. Pin maps of enrolled students indicate that Ohlone’s program is especially popular in its current neighborhood and in the Greenmeadow area where it was founded. If the district opens a 13th elementary school at the expanded Greendell site with a philosophy similar to the current Ohlone and if both of these schools become hybrids with neighborhood and alternative school components, we would solve the current enrollment crisis in south Palo Alto and also reduce traffic. All other plans being discussed increase traffic without solving our basic need for more space.

We must rebuild the community aspects of our city that made this such a wonderful place to live and to bring up families. Schools create opportunities for neighbors of all ages to know and value each other, for older children to help younger ones, for adults to work with teenagers on science fair and community projects, and for children to know and respect the increasing elder population. Strong schools with a neighborhood identity contribute to a strong city. Data from the U.S. Census indicates that Palo Alto now has more children under 5 than we had in 1970 (when we had 12 more elementary schools) and there is pressure to increase our housing capacity — enrollment will continue to rise. We must locate all our schools and special programs where they best serve our community and plan for future flexibility and growth. Palo Verde has not had enough space for its assigned students since the last elementary school closure in 1982 (not surprising since its current boundaries once filled the Van Auken, De Anza, Palo Verde and Ross Road schools plus part of Ortega). Students who live between Amarillo and Oregon Expressway must pass the school in their neighborhood and walk an additional mile to get to their assigned school. Every year some families face the possibility of being overflowed to a school that is miles away from their homes. Palo Verde is a wonderful school, but it cannot serve its current neighborhood. The district currently has two hybrid schools that serve the needs of different populations of students. Escondido has both neighborhood and Spanish-immersion components while Ohlone houses both the “open school” philosophy and the Mandarin-immersion program. Schools with Special Day

programs also allow children to interact with students with different needs. Shared sites generate synergy between programs. The district should open a second school with the Ohlone core values (and a farm to share with the preschool programs on site) at the expanded Greendell site and make both the new school and the current Ohlone into hybrid schools serving students from their immediate neighborhoods plus students entering via the alternative school lottery. The Ohlone program would remain unchanged and Mandarin immersion could remain in place if desired. Families who prefer not to send their children to an “open school” could select a nearby school. Overcrowding at all schools would be relieved, traffic reduced and our families would have more choice. Additional hybrid schools would allow us to renew the essence of the small neighborhood schools that we enjoyed in the past while reaping the efficiencies of somewhat larger numbers of students on each campus. The law allows neighborhood schools with alternative school components, but we must build trust among diverse groups. We need another elementary school in the south and we need to honor both the families who want to attend school in their neighborhood and those who prefer an alternative school. Hybrid schools on both edges of the south that offer a locally popular alternative program and also allow the nearest neighbors to attend would mean everyone wins. Most children could then attend the program of their choice and nearly everyone could walk or ride their bikes to school safely. N Diane Reklis is a former president of the school board and served on the Cubberley Community Advisory Committee.


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Program that helps ex-cons turn their lives around faces its own inflection point by Eric Van Susteren José Cabrera, a successful graduate of the David Lewis Community Re-Entry Program, talks with East Palo Alto leaders about how to improve the program in late October. hen José Cabrera got out of prison after three years for felony assault with a gang enhancement, he enrolled in East Palo Alto’s prisoner re-entry program, though skeptical of the effectiveness and motives of the police-run program. “It’s hard for someone coming out of the system to think that someone is actually going to help, and it was shocking to me to see people who were actually willing to,” he said. The anger-management classes he took began to work: He started opening up, talking about his issues and working on himself without even realizing he was. After six weeks, he got a spot on a Caltrans trash pick-up crew through a special contract the program had with the state. The work was hot, tough, and took up a huge portion of his day, but that was a good thing. “I had to get up early and work all day, and when I got home all I wanted to do was take my boots off, take a shower and call it a day,” he said of the three months


in that job. “It kept me inside; it kept me from being out there doing the same stuff that got me in (prison). I got back on my feet and showed my people — my family — that I could have a job and not be out on the street, gang banging or selling dope.” He got recertified in hazardous waste management and worked in it for three years, all the while doing talks at schools about gangs and violence. To his surprise he got a job as a case manager at the re-entry program, a gig he much prefers to working with hazardous waste. Now he’s doing well, he said. He’s a certified domestic-violence counselor, he recently bought a house in East Palo Alto and he’s got a family. “I’m one of them; that’s what I tell the guys who come in,” he said. “‘I’m the same as you. I’m just trying to help you get through it the same way I did.’” Cabrera’s case is a model for how the program should work. It’s designed to get prisoners coming out of the system back on their

he idea for the re-entry program was developed by East Palo Alto community activist David Lewis. Himself a former inmate, Lewis advocated providing services to help rehabilitate newly released ex-convicts, while treating them with empathy and dignity. The approach fit snugly with

bringing parolees into the community or believed that focusing on re-entry was a distraction from the core responsibility of policing in a city already understaffed. “If, as a police chief, one of my primary missions is to work with the community to make it safer, the idea that I would abdicate responsibility or involvement in something that we already know can largely impact victimization and safety is like saying, ‘I can be your mechanic, but I can’t touch your engine,’” he said. “If you’re really going to get to the heart and soul of making a community safe, you have to have some input on re-entry.” Davis said attacking the symptoms of violence by “mass incarceration” can damage the fabric of the community — families often lose their primary source of income or are broken apart, in many cases leaving the responsibility of child care with extended family or foster care. These factors can further exacerbate the problems communities have with gangs and violence.


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Ron Davis, then-police chief of East Palo Alto, listens to community leaders and Re-entry Program participants in October.

feet by providing job training, former East Palo Alto Police transitional housing, substance- Chief Ron Davis’ communityabuse treatment, support groups oriented policing strategy. Davis and help formulating a plan to re- sought to address the problems enter the job market. During the at the core of crime and violence program’s initial three and a half — rather than fighting only their years, which ended in 2010, only symptoms — by building better 30 of 205 participants went back relationships between the police to prison, a recidivism rate of 14 and community members, particpercent compared ularly the formerly to the statewide avincarcerated. erage of 67 percent ‘I’m one of them; that’s The groundin 2010. breaking program But the program what I tell the guys who was the first inhad been funded by come in. I’m the same stance in which the a $3.5 million state as you. I’m just trying to California Departgrant, and any hope ment of Correchelp you get through it of getting funding tions contracted for it again was the same way I did.’ with a local police frozen by Califororganization for re– José Cabrera, case nia’s fiscal crisis. entry services. Damanager, Re-entry Program vis believes it was So on Oct. 4, 2011, the East Palo Alto also the first local City Council authorized the po- police-run re-entry program in lice chief to use $198,000 in funds the state. from Measure C — a parcel tax Detractors of the program said that supports the police and pro- that re-entry was not a local isgrams preventing violence — to sue but rather the responsibility reinstate the re-entry program. of the state, Davis recalled reSince then the program has cently. Some people felt fearful been up and running, serving one or uncomfortable with the idea of former prisoner at a time. But the landscape of re-entry is changing in East Palo Alto as the Public Safety Realignment Act, California’s plan to ease the squeeze on overcrowded state prisons by jailing more criminals locally, takes effect and violence among teens has increased. To top it off, even as the program and the police try to adapt to these circumstances, they’re grappling anew with budgetary issues.

Brian Jenkins, who participates in the David Lewis Community ReEntry Program, shares his ideas about the program with community leaders at a recent meeting.

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Robert Hoover, founder of the East Palo Alto PAL Junior Golf Club and director of the city’s prisoner re-entry program, works with T.J. Pauga, 11, on his golfing technique.

no infrastructure to get back into crime, it’s easier for them to stay clean. But it’s not a given. Davis said he still believes rehabilitation programs are important for them — a lack of opportunity or the risk of substance abuse can easily put people back behind bars. “They might not be out there slinging weight and being in charge of stuff, but people still have to survive,” he said. “You need to get clean and sober living accommodations, get an education, attain a GED, help get prepared for the job so that now the opportunity matches their thought process which is: ‘I’m done. I’m done, and I’ve got some help.’ If it’s ‘I’m done and I’ve got nothing,’ then maybe ‘I’m not done.’” ut opportunity isn’t always easy to come by in East Palo Alto, where according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is 13.7 percent. That’s part of the reason why Cabrera sees a work program like the one he participated in as an integral part of the re-entry program. The program helped keep him on the right path and out of trouble, but it also gave him work experience and something he could put on his resume. But the work programs like the one Cabrera was a part of, which was funded by a $1 million grant from Caltrans, aren’t cheap, and even with work experience, exprisoners face the hiring bias inherent in being formerly incarcerated, Davis said. He envisions a program in which businesses could contract directly with the re-entry center for services like sanitation or landscaping in order to have a clear line of accountability until the businesses build enough trust in the ex-prisoners working for them to hire them on permanently. The issue, he said, is coming up with the funding, something for which he sees hope on the horizon through the state’s Realignment Act. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed the act, AB109, to respond to a Supreme Court decision that mandated state prison populations


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elping to rebuild the community by equipping ex-convicts to become productive members of society has always been the program’s focus. At least, that was the plan until about a year ago, when power struggles between or within gangs in East Palo Alto set off a pair of violence surges. During the second spike, eight people were shot in as many days, including one shooting that left two teens injured and 16-year-old Jose Quinonez dead. Hoover said the shootings made him take a hard look at the people involved in violent crimes in East Palo Alto and forced him to consider changing who the program served. “The young people that are caught up in the juvenile justice system — those are the ones that are really creating havoc in the community,” he said. “It wasn’t the people coming out of prisons who were involved.” The program needed to become proactive and diversionary, aimed at preventing the next generation of potential criminals — or those already in juvenile justice system — from being locked up as adults. Hoover said he had a terrific model in Homeboy Industries, an East Los Angeles-based organization that has been supporting at-risk youth involved in gangs for 25 years. He described it as a one-stop shop with legal, educational and job-training programs, employment services and opportunities, and mental health and substance-abuse counseling — even tattoo removal. But without the resources or manpower to run an operation of

behavior — and what we’re doing is cutting away the layers of the masking behavior,” Hoover said. But part of the idea is to give the youth positive role models and mentors like Hoover — who also runs the East Palo Alto Junior Golf Program, which teaches youth how to play and offers them guidance on everyday issues. The adults will sit down with the students, listen to them and try to formulate a reasonable plan for their future. Burgamy said the program has met with reasonable success. Last year 42 percent of the 72 students who went to the school either graduated or showed enough personal and academic growth to be Robert Hoover, right, director of East Palo Alto’s prisoner re-entry accepted back into mainstream program since 2011, talks as Andrea Askew listens. high schools. that scale, Hoover partnered with out to get attention, to act out to “Of course, 42 percent begs the two other East Palo Alto organiza- mask what they don’t know and question of the other 58 percent,” tions already engaged with at-risk what they’re not doing. In a small he said. “But there are other meakids — Live in Peace and Youth class you can work with them, iso- sures of success that have to do Community Services — and a late students and make them the with personal growth — if they group of men and women who had focus,” he said. “For some this is believe in themselves and take been in prison, known as the OGs the first real academic rigor they responsibility for themselves then (which stands for “original gang- receive.” that’s a success too.” sters”). They decided they would Some of the Hoover believes offer classes focusing on violence school’s methods that starting early prevention and awareness; case may seem unorth- ‘The young people with kids like management modeled after the odox. Using funds those at the school that are caught up re-entry center’s program; men- from a $35,000 will help get them torship; and stipends that would grant from the Se- in the juvenile justice on the right path serve as incentives for vocational quoia Healthcare system — those are and keep him from training or education. District, three psy- the ones that are really seeing them later in As a pilot for this plan, the chotherapists visit the adult re-entry coalition in June began work- the campus two creating havoc in the program. ing at Sequoia Community Day days a week to give community.’ Over the next School, which serves high school the kids individual year he hopes to – Robert Hoover, director, take the model students from the Sequoia Union and group theraRe-entry Program for what has been High School District who have py, and the staff been expelled. Many of them is trained to lead done at Sequoia have been recently incarcerated, 18-minute meditation sessions Community Day School and use and some of them are combating twice a day to help the kids focus it at other schools in the district, substance-abuse issues. It was on their personal and emotional hopefully serving as many as 100 kids like these that Hoover said development. Burgamy said it’s students. had the highest chance of being been very successful. “I would say our time and encaught up in crime and violence The next step is where Hoover ergy in terms of (re-entry) staff in East Palo Alto. and his community partners come time and whatnot is probably goThe school, which has about 30 in. Eugene Jackson, a veteran cage ing to be more like 60 or 70 perstudents, covers basic academic fighter, coaches kids in weight- cent on this young group,” he said. courses but also focuses on devel- lifting or basketball, while musi- “Our experience over the years is oping what its principal, R. Mar- cian Justin Phipps teaches those guys in for 10, 15, 20 years are shall Burgamy, calls “emotional interested in music. done. They are through — they intellect.” Staff tries to get stu“It’s what we call a hook — don’t want to go through any of dents to express themselves and something the student’s interested that stuff.” develop respect for themselves and in, something he feels good about People who have been in the those around them while chipping doing. It opens up the layers that system for that long have lost most away at the behaviors they adopt have been put over something that or all of their connection to the to cover up pain or feelings of in- has happened at home or from bad people that contributed to getting adequacy, Burgamy said. choices. There’s a lot of layers of them in there in the first place, “It’s masking behavior — to act defensiveness — a lot of masking he said. With no connections and 6iÀœ˜ˆV>Ê7iLiÀ

As part of the re-entry program, an East Palo Alto police officer became an official parole re-entry officer. The officer conducted home visits to recent parolees to let them know about the re-entry center, the David Lewis Community Re-entry Center, named after Lewis following his death in 2010. Longtime community activist Robert Hoover, 82, is the director of the program. He said the basic thing that makes his work effective is the interest and support he and his case workers give each individual. “If people feel like you understand their situation and are empathetic and supportive of them and can help them figure out a way to have a better life, generally they respond,” he said. “That’s been my thing for 50 years — being supportive, understanding, loving and caring and using every resource I can to support them.” Since 2011, when he took over as director, he’s helping exprisoners with drivers’ licenses, transitional housing, job training and counseling for violence and substance abuse. It seems to be working. Out of the 115 prisoners who have participated since the center reopened in 2011, just nine have gone back to prison — an 8 percent recidivism rate.

From left, Sequoia Community Day School students Anthony Robinson, Jaime Rodriguez, Dominic Mitchel and teacher Evan O’Reilly play basketball at the East Palo Alto YMCA during a P.E. class.

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Eugene Jackson, a bodybuilder and outreach worker for Operation Ceasefire, coaches Sequoia Community Day School student David Rodriguez on how to properly lift weights at the East Palo Alto YMCA.

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be cut by about 25 percent. The results of the bill included diverting 100,000 future inmates to county jails instead of being incarcerated in severely overloaded state prisons. The plan obviously places considerable weight on county systems, but legislators have given the state’s 58 counties $1 billion annually to support realignment. The idea is that the money will support rehabilitation programs to fight California’s 67 percent recidivism rate — the worst in the country. According to a study conducted by Stanford University, about $90 million flowed into the state’s probation services in the first year alone, and Davis, Hoover and City Manager Magda Gonzalez hope to see East Palo Alto’s re-entry center receive a chunk of

this money. The study specifically born from it like overcrowding,” mentions Day Reporting Centers he said. “Now (with realignment), like East Palo Alto’s as one of the there are no silos in the system, most promising options for reduc- and all these levers affect each ing recidivism. other and an increase in incarcerDavis said he ation has an impact thinks realignment on the county and has the potential to ‘Incarceration is a very the state.” be one of the most Davis said that much-needed tool. effective criminal too often prison is justice reforma- Some people need to used as a default tion processes in go to jail — there’s no mental health inthe last 50 years, softening that. But does stitution or what is in part because it essentially an exforces each aspect it have to be so many? pensive substanceof law enforcement Absolutely not.’ abuse rehabilitation to look at the bigcenter. – Ron Davis, former police ger picture of the “Inca rceration chief, City of East Palo Alto is a very much impacts of arrests, recidivism and reneeded tool. Some habilitation. people need to go to jail — there’s “So if I (as local police) put no softening that,” he said. “But 10,000 people in jail, that’s some- does it have to be so many? Abone else’s problem with regards solutely not.” to what that means to the cost “The fact that treatment to get of incarceration and everything someone off drugs might cost

Justin Phipps, director of the Live in Peace Music Academy, center, shows Sequoia Community Day School student Oscar Ruiz, second from left, how to play a chord. Students Brandon Lopez, back center; Api Luani, right, and Junior Fonokalafi, far right, jam in the academy’s music studio. $7,000 a year whereas putting them in San Quentin might be $60,000 a year is ridiculous and it doesn’t work,” he said. “They come out of treatment with a greater chance of being sober; if you’re coming out of jail — I don’t think so.” But Hoover said realignment may mean some prisoners are released early on parole or to community supervision, and so far he doesn’t know what the numbers of returning inmates will be or what demographics they’ll represent. Davis said that he estimates that 25 percent of the inmates coming under county control will probably come from East Palo Alto. Davis said San Mateo County will have around $1 million to give to organizations like the reentry program each year, but negotiations for the release of those funds have stalled, and Davis asked the council to extend the program’s Measure C funding while the department waits for realignment and county funds to be released. But, Davis, the principal negotiator and fundraiser in these talks, left the department Nov. 8 to take a job as director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Department, a move that couldn’t come at a worse time for the program. “That was a shock,” Hoover said. “I knew at some point someone would make him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He was the one guy in the whole city administration who really understood the

importance of re-entry and being supportive of people — helping them to get their lives on track and out of the criminal stuff.” Between Davis leaving and uncertain funding prospects, Hoover said he feels like things at the center are up in the air right now. During a recent meeting at the David Lewis Community Reentry Center’s University Avenue headquarters, Davis and Hoover sat at a table under an oversized photo of the center’s beaming namesake. They joked with clients and listened to what kinds of things they would like to see out of the program. All of them were former prisoners — several of them outreach workers for Operation Ceasefire, another policesponsored program that aims to reduce violence by offering people involved in gangs the services that would provide them alternatives to their lifestyles. As the meeting wore on, sirens passed. As it concluded, Davis stepped out of the room to take a call. “This is a reminder of why we need these types of services,” he said as he returned. Only blocks aways, three men had been shot — one of them a minor. N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at

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Warren Weinstock, left, teaches a drawing class with pastels to residents in the memory-care unit at Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto.

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Art teacher, 88, helps people with memory impairments express themselves through art By Rebecca Wallace Photos by Veronica Weber


hen Warren Weinstock was asked to teach an art class to people with memory impairments, his response would have done Hippocrates proud. He called his physician son-in-law and asked worriedly, “Could I do anybody any harm?” He was afraid he might frustrate or confuse his students, he said. Weinstock’s son-in-law reassured him that it would be all right. In fact, there’s a long tradition of using art and music in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia: to help people express themselves, to provide something positive and uplifting on which to focus their minds. Sometimes art is one of the few ways they can still communicate. The art-class experiment has proven successful, not only for the students but for Weinstock. Retired from his career in real estate, the swift-talking 88-year-old is clearly thrilled to devote his time to the drawing and painting he has enjoyed for decades. A resident of the Moldaw Residences at Palo Alto’s Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Weinstock has been teaching two sets of art classes at Moldaw for a couple of years:

A man in Weinstock’s class draws a nature scene with purple and blue pastels.

weekly sessions with his fellow active residents, and twice-monthly ones in Moldaw’s memory-care unit. Classes in the memory unit require special consideration. Weinstock frequently

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asks his son-in-law for advice in designing sessions. He has to remember that his students may not remember what he’s taught them from one week to the next. Even his hues are carefully chosen.

“You’ve got to keep them away from violent color. You can’t have exciting things,” he says. A class at Moldaw on a recent afternoon is all about purples and pinks and pale blues. Weinstock lays out soft pastel crayons on the art table and places a photo of a violet sunset over water on a small easel. He urges his students to gather round. Nearby in the warmly lit activity room, a board lists other events of the day: exercise with Eve, brain fitness, armchair travel. Pumpkins decorate an upright piano. Four people, including one in a wheelchair, join the drawing class. “You want to play?” Weinstock asks gently of two others, who opt to watch in silence. Around the table, there isn’t much talking at all, but the students seem content to quietly draw as Weinstock guides them in copying the photo. Many have surprisingly sure hands. The students sketch the large elements in the photo: rocks, a tree, the sky. Weinstock urges them to use both the side and edge of the crayon, to enjoy the texture and focus on the main elements rather than worrying about detail. “You can’t make any mistakes,” he says. “Whatever you see you can put down, in very simple form.” He smiles. “That’s it. That’s great.” “Where is it?” one man asks about the photo. “Sunset on Devil’s Elbow State Park in Oregon,” Weinstock reads from the caption. The man asks the same question five or six times more during the class, and Weinstock answers it every time, calling him “Doc” in a jocular fashion. When they get to drawing the water, Weinstock hands him another pastel. “Here, Doc. Put your light blue in.” From outside the window comes the sound of children playing at the nearby Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. The student used to be a surgeon. Another man at the table was a child psychiatrist. “He was much more alert a year ago,” Weinstock says of the psychiatrist. Is it difficult for Weinstock to see his students change? “Very. But you can’t let them know.” Danelle Trudeau, a lifestyle coordinator at Moldaw who has been watching the class, points out that there is joy even in a memory-care unit. Some of the residents love to sing in music class. Many seem to find pleasure in expressing themselves through art and music even when they don’t speak anymore. “Though they’ve declined cognitively, they’re still very much alive, very much human. We have to learn their new language,” she says. Weinstock nods. “They’re the same people. They’re just acting differently.” Weinstock seems in his element teaching art, and perhaps that’s where he was meant to be. A native of San Francisco, he’s been drawing since the age of 7 and has an artschool degree. His balcony wall at his apartment has a verdant mural that he painted of Butchart Gardens in British Columbia. Elsewhere in the building is a craft room that the Moldaw folks have let Weinstock turn into an art studio for teaching and painting. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off paintings and drawings by him and his students, and many of the works are professionally mounted on the wall outside. The area is turning into a real art gallery.

Arts & Entertainment Weinstock is always happy to lead visitors on a lengthy walk through many halls and corners of the building, describing the artwork on the walls. Outside his front door is a boat-and-water scene he painted, with the boat named “Annie” after his granddaughter. Every six months he puts up a different painting. Back in class, the session wraps up after about 45 minutes. “Next time I’ll show you how to make detail,” Weinstock says, handing around paper towels for the students to wipe pastel residue off their fingers. Trudeau asks one of the men who had only watched what he thought of the class. “It was interesting,” he says. One of the drawing students, Caroline, says she always enjoys the sessions. “You get out and see people.” The mood is still peaceful as the students disperse. This ambiance is one of the greatest gifts an art class brings to a memory-care unit, Trudeau says. “It’s very meditative, a way to focus energy.” She adds, “The main goal is the process, not the product.” N

Jack, a resident in the memory-care unit, draws quietly with pastels during Warren Weinstock’s class.

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ood morning, Palo Alto. Your eggs are ready. No housemade granola, croissants or grandma’s curtains, but Breakfast House Palo Alto provides plenty of menu options in Midtown. My dining companion on a recent visit was ecstatic. “I haven’t had corned beef hash that’s correct in ages!” she said recently. Indeed, the hash was outstanding, with crisp-edged potatoes and juicy strings of corned beef, not the usual mushy mess. Corned beef hash ($9.99) turns out to be a specialty of Breakfast House. It isn’t cheap, but you get lots of identifiable beef and, if you like, the poached eggs in a separate bowl. Breakfast House uses Niman Ranch meats. As it happened, we ordered Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; 650-521-1268. Hours: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

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another of chef/owner John Hsu’s specialties, French toast. The combo gets you two slices of toast with two eggs, two strips of bacon and hash browns or country potatoes ($8.99). A French toast fanatic may prefer four slices ($7.99). Hsu uses mildly sourdough bread in thin slices that soak up the flavor of the egg batter but emerge toasty, not soggy. If “thin” and “buttery” can go together in a sentence, it could be about this French toast. You can also have French toast made out of raisin bread. Real maple syrup, warmed, is $1.60 extra. Hsu was a breakfast/lunch cook before opening his own place in San Carlos, My Breakfast House, which has a playroom for kids. Breakfast House Palo Alto opened April 11. Hsu said he does not have plans for more locations. Breakfast House Palo Alto tops out at $11.99 for crab cake eggs Benedict. At the low end you can get one large fluffy buttermilk pancake ($2.99) or two eggs with toast and potatoes, fruit or cottage cheese ($5.99). Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. till closing time at 2:30 p.m. The lunch menu also is available all day, except that they don’t use the fryer until 11 a.m., which is nice because the place doesn’t smell like French fries at 8 a.m. Lunch does have a few more healthful options among the salads, soups and sandwiches. There is a veggie burger, but nothing fancier than Cobb salad

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(Century 16, Century 20) It would be easy to damn “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire� with the faint praise of calling it a competent sequel, which it is. This blockbuster franchise picture can feel somewhat ho-hum and repetitive (but then so did some of the Harry Potter sequels). By giving audiences a bit more to chew on than its predecessor, “Catching Fire� compensates for its longueurs. Adapted by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt (under his pseudonym Michael deBruyn) from Suzanne Collins’ YA novel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire� gets a new director in Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend�). But in true franchise fashion, the style and tone remain consistent with those established by Gary Ross in last year’s “The Hunger Games.� For that matter, the plot has a certain “Potter�-y consistency. Crack archer Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, on her game as always) again finds herself pressed into the titular battle to the death after some mutual mooning with childhood friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), firmly situating fellow competitor and romantic-triangle-completer Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in the friend zone (yeah, like that’ll last), participating in massmedia pomp and circumstance, and sizing up the 22 other contestants looking to bump Peeta and her off. Oh, yes, we have twists, the up-front one being that the players in the 75th anniversary (and third “Quarter Quell�) Hunger Games are all “experienced killers� reaped from the pool of former winners. Correction, as per Katniss’ alcoholic mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson): “There are survivors; there’s no winners.� Among these new players are hunky Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), bespectacled strategist Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) and hotheaded Johanna Mason (Jena Malone). They all must submit to the shenanigans devised by gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and that series of threats is best left unspoiled for those who haven’t already read up on them. Suffice it to say the action plays out in a booby-trapped jungle island landscape (the film was shot in Oahu, Hawaii and Georgia). But what used to be a narrative underpinning — the totalitarian corruption from which bread and circuses are meant to divert attention — has become superscript this time, with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) so deeply concerned about Katniss’ capacity to incite an uprising amongst the wretched, increasingly angry masses that his usual handling tactic of blackmail swiftly escalates to murder plans. “Catching Fire� gives Katniss PTSD, but the primary zeitgeisty element here is the media satire, fronted by Stanley Tucci’s maniacal TV host and Elizabeth Banks’ vapid fashion plate (who chirps, “We must feed the monster!�). “Catching Fire� teases out comparisons to the life of a young Hollywood star: celebrity under a microscope and a certain amount of duress, having to keep acting whenever a camera is around. The story certainly riffs on studio-concocted relationships (and/or “bearding�) in the tight-smile photo ops of Katniss and Peeta. Haymitch reminds Katniss, “Your job is to be a distraction from what the real problems are,� and of course “The Hunger Games� could be fairly accused of being what it satirizes, but it’s not without a thought in its deadly little head. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence

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Delivery Man --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Never underestimate star power. That’s the greater lesson of “Delivery Man,â€? the comedy-drama whose more obvious takeaway is “Fatherhood is good.â€? Writer-director Ken Scott here remakes his French-Canadian hit “Starbuckâ€? (itself co-written by Martin Petit and Scott), but while the original film had to get by with leading man Patrick Huard, whose default expression made him look as if he’d been repeatedly hit in the face with a shovel, “Delivery Manâ€? benefits from the estimable comic instincts of Vince Vaughn. It’s just too bad that the movie around him is squishy. The story’s high concept concerns a guy named David Wozniak (Vaughn) who used to get quick cash by frequenting a sperm-donor clinic. Turns out that the clinic’s unscrupulousness led to David having 533 children, 142 of whom have come together in a class-action lawsuit to try to force him to reveal his identity. While the hapless meatdelivery man (yes, an awkward wordplay) tussles with the possibility of being forced to be a father hundreds of times over, he learns his tenuous girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant with another of his children, and may or may not allow him to be a day-to-day presence in the kid’s life. This neat dovetailing of parental possibility pushes the irresponsible but goodhearted David into introspection. His curiosity immediately gets the best of him, and against the advice of his friend and sketchy lawyer (Chris Pratt, nailing it), David begins to stalk his way into the lives of his offspring, including an aspiring actor (Jack Reynor), a heroin addict (Britt Robertson) and a vegan misfit (Adam Chanler-Berat). Seeing who they are doesn’t so much satisfy his curiosity as spur him to reach out and help his kids get what they want or need, but the potential of his counter-suit against the clinic is too tempting, given an $80,000 debt owed to organized criminals. Adding to the paternal dramedy is David’s father (Andrzej Blumenfeld), who alternates between withering glares and aw-shucks-I-love-ya advice. There’s a novelty in the concept, as made text by David (“No one on the planet has ever experienced it beforeâ€?), and this remake smooths out some of the rougher edges of the original in terms of selling the hardly credible plot. And by their very presences, Vaughn and Pratt also sharpen the comedy a bit. But with its “cast of hundreds,â€? “Delivery Manâ€? settles for breadth over depth when it comes to character. The priority is directly tugging on the heartstrings, with a resolution that’s, inevitably, a group hug. If you have a low tolerance for that sort of thing, steer well clear, but if you like redemptive familyvalues comedy, “Delivery Manâ€? is 534 of them in one. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language. One hour, 43 minutes. — Peter Canavese ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. Booker T. Washington, born a slave in 1856 African American educator, founder of the Tuskegee Institute


Luisa Buada Chief Executive Officer

ashington politics aside, the holiday season is an optimistic time. It provides an opportunity to refocus our attention on what we can do to improve the quality of life for others. Forty years of working in the community health centers has taught me two important lessons. Plan and be prepared for upturns and downturns in the economy. In the long run, it is the deliberate turtle and not the short-sighted hare that wins the race. The second lesson is that people who are motivated by compassion and faith can make the world a better place and will make a positive change in their community. At Ravenswood, you see how compassion in action works

on behalf of our patients. One morning recently a staff member, Maria Arciga, arrived for work and noticed an older woman hiding between dumpsters, dressed in shorts with bruises on her forehead. She was frightened and confused and so Maria took her into the clinic where she was examined. A call to the police revealed that she’d been missing since 3 am. There are many instances every day when staff members respond as quickly as Maria did and step forward to offer their support to patients. It is characteristic of those who work here. The best news is that after years of planning, Ravenswood is ready to bring to life our vision for a new health center. On Wednesday,

January 22nd at 2 pm, we will host a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the new clinic. With Congresswoman Jackie Speier and our enduring faithful partners in attendance, we invite you to come and share this milestone with us. Wishing you and your family the blessing of happy and peaceful holidays. Luisa Buada Chief Executive Officer

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Ravenswood Family Health Center’s mission is to improve the health status of the community we serve by providing high quality, culturally competent primary and preventive health care to people of all ages regardless of ability to pay.

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ollie is an educated, articulate, mild-mannered 54 year-old who arrived at the clinic on a Wednesday in late October. He’d been living in his car for a month. A large man, it was cramped and he had to sleep sitting up. “I woke every hour or so. Sometimes a police officer would knock on the window, ‘What are you doing here?’" Zollie asked himself the same question. "How did this happen? Where do I go from here?" Zollie lost the East Palo Alto apartment that he had lived in for 18 years while working full-time at FedEx-Kinko’s. A graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, he had a license, but no where to practice. He saved up for years and when he had enough savings, he quit his job to focus on getting a practice going. Aside from a few cases, his business stalled. His health was an issue too. For nine months, he went online searching for jobs. Nothing. His savings ran out and he was evicted. He put his belongings in storage, moved into his car and began the daily struggle to hold on to his dignity. Zollie had congestive heart failure and needed to take diuretics three times a day. “But that meant I needed easy access to a restroom. I realized, I can’t live in a car and stay on diuretics. So I quit them.� His legs swelled; it became more difficult to get in and out of the car. “I had $80 bucks to live on, redeemed from a jar of pennies and that kept me going for a couple of weeks.� Finally, he set pride aside and applied for Food Stamps, and that led him to Ravenswood. As the Community Health Advocate went through the registration process

with him, Zollie gave one-word answers and fought back tears. So, Ty Deldridge, the Health Care for the Homeless Manager, was called in. She had a full schedule that day, “But something just told me to take him over to the Integrated Behavioral Health Services office to talk with a counselor.� They had to stop 3 times along the way. “My legs had swollen like elephant legs and I was really laboring. I walked like Red Fox in Sanford and Sons.�

Zollie talked with the psychologist, Dr. Lopez. “It was a very emotional conversation.� Dr. Lopez noted that he was having difficulty breathing and so arranged for a medical appointment that afternoon. In the meantime, he enlisted a Health Promoter from Nuestra Casa, a partner agency that provides case management and social services support to Ravenswood patients. Zollie chuckles as he recalls that encounter. “This extraordinary woman walks in and said to me, ‘This is your day! I’m going to get you the help you need. Don’t worry about it. I’ve got this covered.’" Her name, Patsy Caracter.

She took him to see the Project WeHope homeless shelter near the clinic where a cot, showers, and laundry facilities are provided to the homeless. She assured him he could stay there that night and she would look into other options for him. He was surprised by the chain reaction of support he received as he was linked from one person to the next. “What got me was the hope they had, the knowledge they had. They were sure that they could help me. I realized, I can get out of this, I don’t have to live in my car with the cops knocking on the window.� At the medical appointment, Zollie rolled up his trouser leg revealing a weeping ulcer caused by the build up of fluid. “I was thinking all I needed was to get my leg wrapped up, and then I would go to the shelter.� But Dr. Mithu Tharyil listened to his heart, checked the vein in his neck and quickly determined that he was in heart failure. “You’re going to the hospital,� she said and immediately arranged for transport to Stanford where the cardiologist found his heart function was only at 25%. At the hospital, his breathing improved, he lost 60 lbs of water and the swelling subsided. At the clinic, staff members kept tabs on him. Ty Deldridge noticed that his car had been ticketed. So she went to the Police Department and explained the situation; they agreed to cancel the ticket. Then RFHC staff arranged to move his car to a safe place. The Health Promoter is following up to make sure he gets into the transitional care he needs. Such synchronized compassionate team-based care is the norm at Ravenswood not the exception.


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Inspired 7th Grader Advocates for Breast Cancer Awareness


ariah Stevenson, a 7th grader at Costano School in East Palo Alto, led a community service project at her school to raise funds to promote breast cancer awareness together with members of her cheerleading team. Zariah explained her strategy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We bought stickers, bracelets, and mints and then we sold them and we made some money.â&#x20AC;? The kits, she said,

Zariah Stephenson with Vania Garcia of RFHC


â&#x20AC;&#x153;have stickers that say, I wear Pink in honor of â&#x20AC;Śand then you write the name. I did it because my aunty Jolene had breast cancer and my friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmother, her name is Miss Sims, and she had breast cancer and they are both survivors.â&#x20AC;? Her kits are being given to RFHC patients when they come for mammograms sponsored by Palo Alto Medical Foundation.


here is nothing new under the sun. A recent Washington Post article said uproar over ACA enrollment is reminiscent of what happened with Medicare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back in 1966, as Medicare was just about to launch, nobody knew whether the new program would provide benefits to millions or fail completely. Sound familiar? ...Medicare is, these days, an incredibly popular program. Americans overwhelmingly oppose



Rocky Roll-out of Affordable Care Act cutting it. No politician would consider repealing it. Most think providing health insurance to all Americans over 65 is worth both the trouble and the cost.â&#x20AC;? The ACA reforms aim to help people maintain coverage and make private insurance affordable and accessible by providing subsidies to low-income individuals with incomes up to 400% of poverty. Covered California is the name of the Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Insurance Marketplace. In the San Francisco area, 5 medical carriers are participating in the exchange: Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Chinese Community Health Plan, Health Net, and Kaiser Permanente. Ravenswood is one of the Covered California enrollment sites for residents of San Mateo County. It has 8 trained Certified Enrollment



Counselors available to help people determine their eligibility and select from among the qualified health plans. Based on their household income many of them may be eligible for premium assistance, reducing the cost of their coverage or qualify for Medicaid if their income is at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. Irais Bazan, Enrollment & Eligibility Manager leads the team of Certified Enrollment Counselors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time something new is implemented, there is so much push back. People turn their eyes away from the reality of why this was created and are finding more reasons for why this is not going to work. This is a big major system change in our country, but five years down the line this is going to be as fundamental as Medicare. Things will change down the line to make it better. We need to remember what the benefits can be for the uninsured."



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Building for the Future: A Legacy of Care

en years ago Ravenswood first proposed a permanent T health center in East Palo Alto. The project has since evolved into the largest nonprofit project to be developed in the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Redevel-

opment Business District on Bay Road. The 38,000 square foot, two-story state-of-the-art health center will allow Ravenswood to double its patient capacity from 11,000 to 22,000 and will include

an on-site pharmacy, radiology and optometry. The new space will also support the expansion of residency programs to include Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, while expanding healthcare job and training opportunities for local residents. The ground-breaking at the new site on Pulgas and Bay Roads in East Palo Alto will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd and attended by Congresswoman Jackie Speier along with City and County officials, and representatives from the health and philanthropic partners whose gifts have made this health center possible. Completion is scheduled for April 2015.

Gifts and Commitments $5,000,000+ Health Resources and Services Administration

$2,000,000-$4,999,999 Anonymous David & Lucile Packard Foundation Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health Silicon Valley Community Foundation

$1,000,000-$1,999,999 John & Jill Freidenrich Dick and Sue Levy Gordon Russell & Tina McAdoo John & Sue Sobrato

$500,000-$999,999 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Sand Hill Foundation Stanford Hospital & Clinics


Gordon Russell Honored with Mayorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Diversity Award

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t the 2013 San Mateo County Mayorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Diversity Celebration A Awards event, sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on October 30th Ann Wengert, Vice Mayor of Portola Valley, observed that Russell has been called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a philanthropic force of nature.â&#x20AC;? But that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the reason the town of Portola Valley chose him to be the recipient of the award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of all the contributions he has made

as Board member and supporter of many organizations,â&#x20AC;? Vice Mayor Wengert observed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was Ravenswood that captured Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart and became his passion.â&#x20AC;? Three of the Board members who came to honor him have served along side him for the past 10 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is one of us. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a warrior for Ravenswood,â&#x20AC;? said Marcelline Combs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And what I like is that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always so low key.â&#x20AC;? MeIi-

eni Talakai knows that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in his nature to welcome recognition for his contributions to the mission and expansion of the clinic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But this time, he is unable to prevent our letting folks know what he has done for this community of ours. Our corner of the world is a whole lot better for having been cared for by Gordon Russell.â&#x20AC;? Ravenswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO Luisa Buada weighed in too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gordon is an incredibly generous human being. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply one of the best board members you could have because he brings his many years of private industry experience but is completely sensitive to the fact that as a nonprofit we operate very differently from the for-profit sector. He engenders a lot of respect and gives a lot of respect back.â&#x20AC;?

Riding for Ravenswood

ctober 6th brought toO gether avid cyclists who rode the Coastal Challenge and Portola Backroads routes

for the 5th annual Ride for Ravenswood hosted by Jeff and Julie Brody of Atherton. Wells Fargo was lead sponsor with

additional support from Kenny & Company, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, Orix Foundation, Baxter, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, California Healthcare Foundation, Northern California Cycling Foundation, Red Lantern Cycles; Sequoia Benefits, El Camino Hospital, and Building Blox Consulting. A warm thanks to all who participated or volunteered!


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(Palo Alto Square) For his novel “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury took inspiration from Nazi book burnings, among other historical examples of censorship. In going after his own celebration of reading, “The Book Thief,” Australian novelist Markus Zusak went straight to the Nazi well, resulting in a bestseller and, you betcha, a Hollywood adaptation. There will, of course, never be enough Nazi Germany-set dramas to fill the awards-season maw. Unfortunately, “The Book Thief” is conspicuously phony in its ruthless attempt to manipulate audiences. Deposited with foster parents, little Liesl (Sophie Nélisse) serves as coming-ofage witness to unfolding history. Most importantly, she develops a curiosity about reading, and so surreptitiously snatches (just like Bradbury’s Guy Montag) a book from a censorious fire. The taciturn girl soon takes to her kindly foster father Hans (Geoffrey Rush), who smooths over the horrors of war with his squeeze box and reading lessons; his wife, Rosa (Emily Watson), meanwhile is tough as leather. The manner in which the film depicts Rosa as heartless then notso-gradually reveals her heart of gold emblematizes the film’s desire to yank chains and subtly scold the audience for preconceiving exactly what the filmmakers mean us to preconceive. The intellectual dishonesty reaches its peak in a scene involving Liesl’s Hitler Youth potential boyfriend, lemon-haired Rudy (Nico Liersch). The boy pretends to be Jesse Owens, and though he’s supposed to have innocently applied blackface to emulate the sports hero, director Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”) allows only a few artlessly applied streaks on his face, so little as to just make the kid look weirdly dirty, not purposefully blackfaced. This craven refusal to risk offense demonstrates the length to which the film is willing to go for truth: not very far at all. But if the film won’t be honest, I will: “The Book Thief” definitively lost me right there. There are false notes in the production design, as well, and an offensive bloodlessness when violence erupts. I understand a certain bet-hedging to reach a younger audience, but Percival isn’t doing younger viewers any favors. Charitably, one might say the film is reaching for a kind of folktale feel (the better to pull the rug with a climactic gut punch of tragedy). In addition to including the first stirrings of young love, “The Book Thief” throws in an Anne Frank-y subplot of Hans and Rosa sheltering a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer), and in a literary flour-




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his year, Hanukkah is a once in a lifetime event. For the first time since 1888 — and the last time for tens of thousands of years — Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same week. Hanukkah, which is usually a December holiday, starts at sundown on Wednesday, Nov. 27, making the first full day of the Jewish holiday the same as Thanksgiving. Though the commercialism of such a rare coincidence is inevitable — a Boston woman trademarked the term “Thanksgivukkah” last year; a 9 year old from New York City even invented a “menurkey,” a ceramic turkeyshaped menorah, and has sold more than 1,500 — and not for everyone, it does present unique opportunities for the food consumed on Thursday, Nov. 28. “Within Judaism, there are ritual foods, which is really neat,” said Marc Drucker, a reformed Jew and avid home chef who keeps kosher in his Menlo Park home. Every Jewish holiday has some form of accompanying traditional, symbolic foods. Hanukkah, as the celebration of the miracle-burning oil that lasted for eight days in the holy temple the Jews reclaimed from the Syrians, is all about fried foods. The two primary Hanukkah eats are latkes, or potato pancakes, and sufganiyot, essentially jelly-filled doughnuts. Both are dependent on oil — a symbolic reminder. Those brave souls who choose to forgo the boxed, pre-made latke mix are going down a notoriously difficult and messy road, having to peel and then hand grate potatoes and shred onion, then coax them to bind together with not much more than salt, flour and eggs. Latkes are meant to be golden crispy on the outside, evenly cooked yet still maintaining the potato’s white color within. “They’re a lot harder to make than at least I would have originally thought,” Drucker said. “So I probably went year by year over the last 10 years, recipe after recipe trying it and then you know, you put them in the oil ... so you’re frying them in half an inch of oil and they would just disintegrate.” Drucker said he finally discovered a method to the madness: make the latkes with half pureed potatoes and half shredded potatoes. Dottie Yourtz, a local kosher

Latkes are a staple Hanukkah food. Though traditionally made with potatoes, they can also be made with sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, other root vegetables or a mixture. caterer, said her secret is using a Cuisinart. “A lot of people are feeling like you have to grate up potatoes, add a little knuckle skin ... I am not one to hand grate,” she said. “I am a Cuisinart lover.” She said the key is using the Cuisinart to shred potatoes and also cutting up chunks of potatoes to put in, creating a potato puree. What she calls “onion glue” — finely chopped onion, eggs and matzo meal or flour (if cooking with meat, she suggested adding a little chicken fat to the mixture) — holds it all together. Another trick of the trade she uses is taking the entire mixture and wringing it out in a cheese cloth to expel any unnecessary liquid. As a caterer who makes latkes in high volume (she made 300 one past weekend), she also recommends making the latkes in advance and freezing them — something a home chef who might be cooking for both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving can take advantage of. “You don’t have to be there slaving over a stove,” she said. “I get all of that laborious, messy work done ahead.” After making the latkes, lay them flat on a sheet and put them in the freezer. Once they’re frozen, they can be bagged for easy storage. “And then when you go to reheat them, put them in a single line on a cookie sheet and reheat them at 350 (degrees) so that they’re heated through and not overly brown,” she said. Both Drucker and Yourtz also suggested creative ways to meld latkes with Thanksgiving, or just

to do something different for the coincidental holidays. Drucker said latkes can easily be made with sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots or other root vegetables. He said he also considered making “some kind of bastardized version” of latkes for turkey stuffing. Though the potato pancakes are traditionally served with sour cream (and sans-dairy apple sauce alongside brisket), Drucker said he sometimes makes them as a single dish with crème fraiche and smoked salmon on top. Yourtz is taking a similar approach on Nov. 28. “For me, I was going to try to separate (the two holidays) a little bit in that I was going to do our traditional turkey during the day and then in the evening, because Thanksgiving itself is such a large meal, I was going to then do the latkes with multiple toppings,” she said, crediting her friend with the idea. “Kind of make it a latkes tapas kind of thing.” Yourtz said she’s thought about making a sweet topping with sautèed apples or pears (“don’t mush it, just do that with butter, cinnamon and sugar”); a Thanksgiving hybrid relish with cranberry, pear and orange; guacamole or a corn, tomato and onion salsa; caramelized onions; sautèed mushrooms; even hummus or just chopped tomato and basil. One could also serve the latkes with bowls of various topping options and allow guests to make their own. “I like to keep it quasi-traditional, but pop it a little bit so that it’s more creative and it’s all about us and family,” Yourtz said. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊÎÈ)




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ne might not need a flavor injector, potato scrubbing gloves or a wi-fi enabled thermometer that syncs with oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but there is a range of cooking tools that can come in handy for Thanksgiving prep and execution. Some implements are worth splurging on, said Gale Tan, a former culinary manager for Sur La Table in Palo Alto who now runs a local pop-up dinner company. For example: a culinary torch, which can be used for anything from giving a turkey that perfect golden outer crunch to topping crĂ&#x2039;me brulee or making sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also not Thanksgiving-specific and can be used throughout the year. Sur La Table at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto carries kitchen torches (a mini goes for $24.95 and two larger ones for $49.95 and $63, respectively). William Sonoma at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto carries one for $49.95. A digital thermometer with a probe is also preferable for cooking turkey, said John Gurnee, chef de cuisine at LB Steak in Menlo Park. Williams-Sonoma carries a range of thermometers, from basics like an instant-read digital thermometer ($39.95) all the way up to a dual probe thermometer (monitor the progress of two meats at once or two parts of a single turkey) for $42.95 and the smart thermometer that syncs with Apple devices ($199.95). Sur La Table has similar digital and non-digital options,

but the smart thermometer is specific to Williams-Sonoma. When it comes to roasting pans, Tan said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really no difference between a $300-splurge and the disposable pans that can be purchased at grocery stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thermometer is crucial,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The roasting pan, not so much.â&#x20AC;? For the multitasker, Tan suggested a triple timer that can monitor three items at once, or one culinary feat that needs to be done at intervals. Both Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table in Palo Alto carry a triple timer ($19.99). Other necessary items: a baster and kitchen twine, Gurnee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a firm believer in kitchen twine; some good string

so you can truss your bird up. Most turkeys come with metal thing that twists around turkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet (but) you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat old fashioned string. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basting the skin with the drippings that come off the bird helps give you a nice beautiful brown skin. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say enough about that.â&#x20AC;? Wi l l ia m s- Sonoma carries an angled dripless baster for $19.95 as well as basting brushes (from $10 to $17.95); Sur La Table also carries a range of brushes ($6.95 and up) and a few basters, one dripless ($11.95). Sur La Table also goes beyond helpful tools to machines that do the work for you: a rotisserie turkey fryer and steamer ($249.95) or a smoker (one size, $299.95; a larger size, $399.95). Sous vide immersion circulators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a technological innovation that stems from the sous vide method of cooking (cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath with a regulated temperature) have become standard in restaurant kitchens, allowing chefs to cook foods at precisely controlled temperatures. Though


expensive and somewhat intimidating, immersion circulators are making their way into home kitchens, as well. Immersion circulators help prevent overcooking and can be used for anything from vegetables to meat to poached eggs. And because the food is sealed completely airtight, it can be

stored for long periods of time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an advantage for cooking meat for the holidays. Sur La Table and WilliamsSonoma carry various immersion circulators, from about $300 up to $1,000. N %DITORIAL!SSISTANT%LENA+AD VANYCANBEEMAILEDATEKADVA NY PAWEEKLYCOM

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The other traditional fried Hanukkah food, sufganiyot, is another messy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;intimidating activity,â&#x20AC;? Drucker said. Deep-frying can be challenging for the home chef; especially when these doughnuts are meant to be puffy, light and able to be filled with jelly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The recipes that always call for making the doughnut dough, cutting out two circular rounds and then putting jam in the middle and then sandwiching them, seems like a literal recipe for disaster because if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seal it properly, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raise enough,â&#x20AC;? Drucker said. His solution: Instead, use a recipe for beignets, the deep-fried French pastry made famous in New Orleans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized, probably having had them or seen them, that beignets are perfect for it because they puff up nice and rich and pillowy so you can shove jam on the inside no problem,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re super simple. You just roll the dough out, you cut it into whatever shape you want, whether it be a circle or even easier, I just take a pizza cutter and cut out squares. You fry them up and then you shove them full of yummy goodness.â&#x20AC;? Other holiday food mash-ups include making sufganiyot with pumpkin puree or replacing the jelly with cranberry sauce. Though Hanukkah is also about fried, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually protein present: brisket, a tough cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. Drucker said he usually braises the brisket, â&#x20AC;&#x153;slow and lowâ&#x20AC;? in beef broth in the oven at around 300 degrees. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also used a smoker (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a southern Texas thing.â&#x20AC;?) and a sous vide immersion circulator, a somewhat recent culinary-technological innovation that cooks bagged, vacuum-sealed food in a precisely controlled, lowtemperature water bath. Because the food is totally sealed, it can be cooked in the sous vide at low temperatures for even days at a time. This is ideal for cooking a meat like brisket, Drucker explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brisketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really, really tough piece of meat. So you have to cook it to about 190 degrees internal ... rare is 135, medium rare is 142-ish. So youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just destroying this piece of meat, but you have to to break down all the connective tissue. So by doing it s sous vide, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cooking it at like 160 degrees, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just slowly kind of melting away the connective tissue. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a filet when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done.â&#x20AC;? With all the Thanksgivukkah talk, menurkeys and typical holiday anxiety, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to forget what both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are supposed to be about: enjoying a meal with family, Drucker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year it just happens that it coincides, which will be nice to get to spend an actual Hanukkah and light the menorah with family. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all it should be about.â&#x20AC;? N %DITORIAL!SSISTANT%LENA+AD VANYCANBEEMAILEDATEKADVA NY PAWEEKLYCOM

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Creativity turns outdoor spaces into chromatic gardens by Kimberlee D’Ardenne photos by Carol Gilbert balcony is a small space, just a concrete rectangle. But it also can be a blank canvas and, with some resourcefulness, can host a diverse and thriving garden. Janet Creelman moved to Palo Alto’s Channing House seven years ago from Menlo Park, where she left behind a garden. “I’ve always been a gardener, all my life,” Creelman said. “One of the big attractions of moving into Channing House was that I could have a garden.” Two of the plants in Creelman’s balcony garden predate her and her husband’s move to Channing House. “I brought both (the Japanese maple and the rhododendron) with me from my previous home,” she said. “People sometimes say they regret that they left a plant they really loved in their home garden. I say you should at least try to transplant them and put them into a pot.” Creelman said she specifically chose an eastfacing apartment at Channing House so she could continue to grow many of her favorite plants in the morning sun. “I try to have plants that bloom year-round, by planting successively,” she said. “I start with narcissus, daffodils and tulips. I have really pretty morning glories, that are just about finished, and I am about to plant a bunch of bulbs.” In addition to the limited sun, wind is another constraint on Creelman’s balcony garden. She said she is selective about how she organizes her plants and keeps those sensitive to the wind in pots low to the ground. Creelman also said she enjoys the ease with which change can be made when gardening in a small space with containers. “It is fun to experiment when you have pots,” she said. “If something doesn’t look good, you can just be ruthless and throw it out.” Like Creelman, Carol Gilbert also left behind a garden in Menlo Park when she moved to The Hamilton in Palo Alto almost 10 years ago. Gilbert’s home now has two balconies, where she continues her life-long love of gardening.



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I come from a long line of gardeners. My grandfather had wonderful gardens,â&#x20AC;? Gilbert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My parents as well, they were both specialists in fuchsias and begonias. Neither of which I grow!â&#x20AC;? Gilbert said she really enjoys the close proximity of her garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m able to go out there and keep everything groomed within an inch of its life,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy gardening (on my balcony). I like having the color out there.â&#x20AC;? Typically, Gilbert said she uses the space on her balcony for flowering plants, but she has tried using edible plants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a kumquat tree that will actually have quite a bit of fruit in three to four months,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did tomatoes one year, but they get so ugly.â&#x20AC;? Gilbert said the appearance of her balcony garden has changed throughout the years, as she tried out different color schemes and designs. First, Gilbert said she started with a primarily blue-green theme for her pots, because the trim on her balcony is dark green. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of the pots and saucers were (blue-green). But in the winter, when not as much is blooming, it was not colorful,â&#x20AC;? Gilbert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I reorganized and replaced some of my pots with Talavera ceramic, which is handdecorated in lots of wild patterns and colors.â&#x20AC;? Height, like color, is varied in Gilbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can make the most of your space by incorporating shelves, flower boxes, hanging baskets, as well as potted plants,â&#x20AC;? she said. The biggest constraint on her garden after space limitations is the sunlight, Gilbert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All my potted plants are in saucers, and all the saucers are on stands with wheels and casters,â&#x20AC;? she said. Mobile pots allow plants to be rotated for even sunlight exposure and also facilitate changing the look of the garden. One of Gilbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balconies does not have water access, so she said she chose to plant bromeliads there, which like to be periodically misted and have a small amount of water placed into their cups. In addition to a small coiled hose, misting bottle and

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On her balcony at The Hamilton with no water access, Carol Gilbert planted bromeliads, which prefer misting and light watering. hand trowel, Gilbert said another tool she uses frequently in her balcony garden is actually a turkey baster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also keep the turkey baster out there, because you never want to leave saucers with excess water,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good for the plants and is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.â&#x20AC;? Gilbert said that in spite of the small size, a balcony garden allows for creativity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can tuck in solar lights, wind chimes, garden figures, hummingbird feeders. At one time or another I had almost all of these things (in my garden),â&#x20AC;? she said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I do not advocate becoming a gnome person. You can go too far.â&#x20AC;? N Editorial intern Kimberlee Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ardenne can be emailed at READ MORE ONLINE READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit real_estate.

Holiday decorations for the frugal decorator by Kit Davey


ometimes I feel like a decorating Scrooge. I hate the look of storebought holiday decorations and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like paying for them. Because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a humbug, I use the â&#x20AC;&#x153;scrounge and improviseâ&#x20AC;? method of holiday decorating. This allows me to give my home a festive look while feeling smug about saving money. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a tight budget, but still want your home to look great for the holidays, try some of these projects: s $ONT LIKE USING YOUR FIREPLACE FOR fires? Place 10 or so thick pillar candles of varying heights in it and surround them with pine cones. s 3TRING TOGETHER A DELICATE LOOKING garland using pyracanthus berries and bay leaves. Use a regular sewing needle, poke it through 10 or so berries and then through a bay leaf and repeat until YOUGETTHEDESIREDLENGTH$RAPEITOVER a picture frame, mirror or doorway. s3TILLHAVEAPUMPKINORTWOLEFTOVER from an autumn centerpiece? Place it/ them in a dry birdbath or on a garden chair out in your yard and surround with tree branches (pyracanthus, euca-

lyptus, bay or whatever else is handy). Add a few brightly colored leaves, or several glass tree ornaments. s-AKEAFRUITYCANDLEHOLDER5SEA knife or an apple corer to remove a plug of apple or pear into which you place a candle. s (AVE A TIRED LOOKING WREATH FROM last year? Vacuum it, or take it outside and blast it with your hairdryer to remove the dust. Tie a scarf or two around it for more color, or use costume jewelry to give it more sparkle. s -AKE LUMINARIAS OUT OF TIN CANS Fill several cans with water and freeze. Remove from the freezer, nestle in a towel (so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t roll away) and use a hammer to nail through the can, creating spiral, star burst or heart-shaped patterns. s#HRISTMASSTOCKINGSLOOKLIMPAND sad when hanging empty from the mantel. Fatten them up by filling them with crumpled tissue or newspaper. Put a plastic cup with a bit of water in it inside the stocking and add a bouquet so it peeks out the top. s -AKE YOUR OWN PHOTO TREE ORNA MENTS 5SE RECYCLED #HRISTMAS CARDS or thin cardboard you have decorated. Place two pieces together and cut out a star shape, circle or square to create the front and back of the mini frame. Use an X-Acto knife to cut an opening into one of the shapes. Glue a photo into the

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opening, add a paper clip to the top of the frame and glue on the back side. Hang with a satin ribbon from your tree. s-AKEAMINI SWAG"UNDLETOGETHER sprigs of rosemary, pyracanthus, bay or eucalyptus. Tie together with a long ribbon and hang from a doorknob, the back of a chair or a drawer pull. s$OYOUHAVEACHANDELIEROVERYOUR DINING TABLE $RESS IT UP WITH PINE boughs, sprigs of holly, or a garland of cranberries. Tie a ribbon around the NECKOFEACHLAMP"EFIRESAFE$ONT place greenery near the light bulbs.) s .OTHING SMELLS BETTER THAN A CLOVE pomander. Fill a bowl with oranges, lemons or limes you have dotted with cloves and place on your entry table. s$OYOURCHILDRENHAVEGLOVESORMIT tens for which they have lost the mates? $ONTTOSSTHEM3EWONBUTTONS BITSOF ribbons or small glass ornaments and use as tree decorations. s !S YOU RECEIVE HOLIDAY CARDS THIS year save the stamps on the envelopes. You can use them in collages, on gift tags or to decorate gift packages. To remove the stamps from the envelopes, soak them in water for an hour or so ANDTHEYLLSLIDEOFFTHEPAPER$RYFACE down on a bit of wax paper. s$RESSUPABOOKCASEBYPLACINGPINE cones you have spray-painted in gold, a bowl of glass ornaments or small

wrapped boxes in openings here and there. s5SEAWREATHASACENTERPIECE,AY it flat on your table and fill the center with a collection of pillar candles or a mound of glass tree ornaments. s3TARTSAVINGEGGCARTONS4HEYMAKE ideal storage containers for small tree ornaments. s2ECYCLEHOLIDAYCARDSTOUSEASGIFT tags, to decorate packages, to use as place cards at a dinner party or to resend as postcards next year. s "RIGHTEN A DARK CORNER BY FILLING a clear cylindrical glass vase with a string of low-voltage tree lights. For a more diffuse look, fill the vase with tissue paper first. s !DD THE FINISHING TOUCH TO YOUR holiday table. Tie a candy cane or tree ornament around each napkin. s #REATE AN AROMATIC AURA UNDER A CANDLE #OLLECT  OR SO BAY LEAVES Flatten them between the pages of a book for a week or so. Arrange them in a sunburst on an end table or buffet. Place a candle in the middle of the ring of leaves. N Kit Davey specializes in re-design, staging, design consulting and professional organizing. Email her at, call her at 650367-7370, or visit her website at www.

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Atherton 22 Lane Place R. & M. Ross to A. & M. Wain for $3,025,000 on 10/8/13; previous sale 4/06, $2,600,000

Los Altos Hills 14415 Miranda Court Goldsobel Trust to Ahrens Trust for $5,100,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 5/92, $807,000


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Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $3,025,000 Highest sales price: $3,025,000

Total sales reported: 18 Lowest sales price: $452,500 Highest sales price: $2,400,000

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Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $5,100,000 Highest sales price: $5,100,000

Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $509,000 Highest sales price: $3,250,000

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1121 Carlton Ave. D. Working to P. Lubana for $610,000 on 10/8/13 946 Evelyn St. Evelyn Limited to Huang Trust for $1,351,000 on 10/7/13; previous sale 8/90, $300,000 7 Helen Place C. Veenhuyzen to Goldsmith Trust for $3,275,000 on 10/3/13 25 Riordan Place City of Menlo Park to X. Xie for $1,350,000 on 10/11/13; previous sale 8/98, $252,000 200 Robin Way S. Jensen to K. Eriksson for $1,280,000 on 10/4/13; previous sale 8/99, $505,000 675 Sharon Park Drive #214 J. Walker to S. Ng for $750,000 on 10/10/13; previous sale 1/04, $390,000

Mountain View 201 Ada Ave. #33 C. & D. Castillo to R. Cablayan for $624,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 1/07, $610,000 3568 Amherst Court J. Wise to L. Liu for $1,680,000 on 10/24/13 1224 Arbor Court K. Porter to J. Wilson for $1,580,000 on 10/28/13 1440 Brookdale Ave. Gonzales Trust to D. Gangal for $1,410,000 on 10/24/13 938 Clark Ave. #48 D. Thomas

to E. Lundberg for $672,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 12/93, $195,000 344 Fay Way A. Patil to Bove Trust for $1,030,000 on 10/24/13; previous sale 9/00, $489,000 121 Flynn Ave. #C V. Nguyen to S. Gray for $452,500 on 10/24/13; previous sale 9/05, $406,000 753 Independence Ave. A. & M. Galeno to C. & L. Hicken for $765,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 7/97, $220,000 536 Mccarty Ave. Yee Trust to Safari Ventures for $1,008,500 on 10/24/13 99 E. Middlefield Road #28 E. Mezias to D. Shokarev for $515,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 1/97, $148,500 1945 Mt. Vernon Court #4 Hetherington & Lee Trust to S. Yu for $580,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 9/08, $262,500 125 Ortega Ave. Q. Bian to D. Tauber for $757,500 on 10/25/13; previous sale 5/09, $559,000 157 Ortega Ave. Wong Trust to D. Kuperman for $910,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 8/78, $114,900 131 Pacchetti Way D. Rees to D. Hsia for $920,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 9/07, $751,000 303 Preston Drive Freitas Trust to Flinchum Trust for $1,700,000

on 10/29/13 285 Stierlin Road T. Roomi to Balakrishnan Trust for $1,500,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 8/07, $750,000 2027 Tripiano Court Korstad Trust to X. Launay for $2,400,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 7/94, $279,184 300 Whisman Station Drive A. & Y. Barsov to C. Luong for $930,000 on 10/28/13; previous sale 6/05, $730,000

sale 3/11, $2,625,000 1730 University Ave. Porat Trust to Sankar Trust for $3,250,000 on 10/29/13 888 Warren Way Spence Trust to M. Yang for $1,700,000 on 10/28/13; previous sale 12/85, $175,000

Woodside 118 Hillside Drive R. & M. Smith to C. & K. Clemens for $1,200,000 on 10/4/13; previous sale 12/77, $81,500

Palo Alto 425 Alma St. #311 B. Longust to D. Douglas for $798,500 on 10/29/13; previous sale 7/07, $796,000 2468 W. Bayshore Road #7 Lee Trust to J. & P. Radd for $509,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 9/08, $399,000 792 Encina Grande Drive D. & E. Golick to K. Huang for $2,300,000 on 10/25/13 886 Moreno Ave. P. Tsai to Weihai Sanka Trade Corporation for $1,852,500 on 10/28/13; previous sale 1/11, $1,200,000 3178 Ramona St. Kramer Trust to F. Yang for $2,355,000 on 10/24/13; previous sale 6/07, $2,100,000 2203 South Court S. & L. Littlefield to Old PA Estates for $3,050,000 on 10/28/13; previous

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Los Altos Call for price EXCLUSIVE Outstanding new construction! Lots of impressive features throughout home! 5 BR/6.5 BA Rod Creason CalBRE #01443380 650.325.6161

Menlo Park Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $3,098,000 1678 Oak Ave Prime West MP location! Stunning sun-filled home w/perfect floorplan. Showcase condition! 4 BR/3.5 BA Sam Anagnostou CalBRE #00798217 650.323.7751

Palo Alto $4,850,000 By Appointment Only! Striking architectural features & designer materials! Incomparable 10 yr new English Tudor 7 BR/7.5 BA Judy Shen CalBRE #01272874 650.328.5211

Portola Valley Sun 1 - 4 $2,788,000 271 Gabarda Way Elegant L/R. formal D/R, gourmet kitchen. Exquisite master suite, Las Lomitas schools! 5 BR/4.5 BA Keri Nicholas CalBRE #01198898 650.323.7751

Woodside $2,498,000 By Appointment Extensively and beautifully remodeled home. Breathtaking view of forest and ocean. 4 BR/3.5 BA Lea Nilsson CalBRE #00699379 650.328.5211

Emerald Hills Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,295,000 572 California Wy Contemporary/traditional hm on 1/2(+/-) AC w/Bay & City vws. Over 4300 sf of living space. 5 BR/4.5 BA Erika Demma/Dean Asborno CalBRE #01230766/01274816 650.851.2666

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Menlo Park Sun 2 - 4 $1,849,000 742 Live Oak Ave New price! Brand new construction in the heart of downtown MP. Custom high-end finishes & appliances. 4 BR/2.5 BA Billy McNair CalBRE #01343603 650.324.4456

Portola Valley Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,798,000 Beautifully remodeled,chic modern ambiance,fab.setting amid towering redwoods. 280 2 BR/2.5 BA Dean Asborno CalBRE #01274816 650.851.1961

Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $1,595,000 138 Coleridge Ave New listing! Charming Carmel-style home. Private setting in sought-after Old Palo Alto. 2 BR/2 BA Brigid Van Randall CalBRE #01139489 650.324.4456

Woodside By Appointment Only $1,549,000 Stunning ocean views from this 1.6 ac Woodside property with barn. Remodeled kit & more. 4 BR/2 BA Valerie Trenter CalBRE #01367578 650.323.7751

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San Carlos SALE PENDING $1,398,000 121 Beverly Dr Spacious 4bd/3ba home w/ huge level backyard! Flexible flrplan w/ sep LR, FR,2DR’s + more! 4 BR/3 BA Dan Ziony CalBRE #01380339 650.325.6161

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1985 Oak Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,899,000 324-4456

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4301 El Camino Real $1,558,888 Sat/Sun 10-6 Classic Communities 367-0779

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167 Stockbridge Av $4,295,000 Sun Linwood Realty Inc. 851-0919

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$2,749,000 323-7751

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4 Bedrooms

$2,498,000 323-7751

4 Bedrooms

79 Normandy Ln Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,998,000 323-7751

2025 Santa Cruz Av $2,238,000 Sat 1:30-4:30/Sun 12-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

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1 James Av $3,595,000 Sun 1-4 Frontier West Properties 678-4300

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5 Bedrooms 2331 Crest Ln Sat/Sun Intero-Woodside

$3,983,222 206-6200

140 Royal Oaks Ct $3,888,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 2179 Clayton Dr Sun Landmark Properties


$3,098,000 323-7751

$3,495,000 (408) 739-5446

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2 Bedrooms

451 Portola Rd Sun Intero -Woodside

271 Gabarda Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 316 Golden Hills Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

3 Bedrooms

25779 Josefa Ln $2,295,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

420 Chiquita Av Sat/Sun 1-5 Orion Partners


3 Bedrooms

619 Middle Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

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2 Bedrooms - Condominium 973 Menlo Av #15 Sat/Sun Intero-Woodside

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$1,498,000 206-6200

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$1,350,000 759-7885

138 Coleridge Ave Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,595,000 324-4456

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Street Address

â?&#x2018; Single Family â?&#x2018; Townhome â?&#x2018; Condo â?&#x2018; Other__________ Phone No.

# of Bedrooms

$ Price of Property

121 Beverly Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$995,000 851-2666

675 Sylvan Wy $1,425,000 Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realty 847-1141

$1,398,000 325-6161

SAN JOSE 4 Bedrooms 1808 Mcniff Pl Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,275,000 323-7751

6+ Bedrooms 15707 Highland Dr $1,125,000 Sun Intero Real Estate Services 206-6200

SAN MATEO 3 Bedrooms 1517 S Norfolk St Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms

$1,398,000 941-1111

$5,400,000 941-7040


2 Bedrooms

326 Church St Sat/Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel

$2,788,000 323-7751

6+ Bedrooms


2 Bedrooms - Townhouse

$4,995,000 206-6200

707 Westridge Dr $13,000,000 Sun Intero -Woodside 206-6200

27464 Altamont Rd $4,196,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

$899,000 539-5674

$1,798,000 851-1961

5 Bedrooms

180 Santa Clara Av Sun Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms

$1,199,000 529-1111

$579,000 325-6161

WOODSIDE 3 Bedrooms 20 Patrol Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,198,000 851-2666

4 Bedrooms

620 W California Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,995,000 323-7751

275 Josselyn Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

$8,900,000 851-2666

15 Woodhue Ct Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$999,000 323-7751

3100 Woodside Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,850,000 851-2666

5 Bedrooms 1 Fogl Ct $1,695,000 Sun Dreyfus Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realty 847-1141

2145 Ward Wy $2,589,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 166 Grandview Dr Sat/Sun Deleon Realty

1 Milton St $1,495,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

6+ Bedrooms

351 Idyllwild Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

140 Eleanor Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,325,000 324-4456

$1,698,000 543-8500 $7,775,000 324-4456

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NOTICE OF FOUND/UNCLAIMED PROP Pursuant to Sections 2080 through 2080.5 of the California Civil Code, notice is hereby given that the Mountain View Police Department has in its possession an undisclosed amount of currency recovered at the Goodwill Store in Mountain View. The owner(s) of such property are hereby notified that seven (7) days following publication of this notice, if no owner appears and proves their ownership of such property, that the title shall then vest in the person or entity that found the property. The owner, in the case of proving their ownership of such property, shall pay all reasonable charges for storing, advertising, etc of such property incurred by the City. CLAIM OF ITEM SHOULD BE MADE TO: Mountain View Police Dept., Property & Evidence Unit, 1000 Villa St. (650) 903-6375

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Drapery Rod Sets (RH) Estate ORB $125

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Arastradero Poppy Project Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

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He was last seen at our home on Middlefield Road and East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. He is very friendly and I am terrified he will be hit by a car

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Dining Table -Iron Work & Glass - $575

Mid-century teak table, 6 chairs - $600 Oak pedestal dining table Oak pedestal dining table and chairs. 48” round, 62” extended. Solid oak, Hoot Judkins. Originally $1,400. Singer Sewing Machines - $100.00 Ea small dresser - $200.00 twin trundle bed - $400.00

245 Miscellaneous AT&T U-verse for just $29/mo! Bundle and Save UNDLE & SAVE Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (select plans). Hurry, call now! 800-319-3280 (Cal-SCAN) DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!!Start saving today! 1-800-291-0350 (Cal-SCAN) DISH TV Retailer Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-357-0810 (Cal-SCAN) Reduce Your Cable Bill Get an All-Digital Satellite system installed for free and programming starting at $24.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR upgrade for new callers, SO CALL NOW! (877)366-4509 (Cal-SCAN)

Jobs 500 Help Wanted Clerical CLERICAL P/T Clerical person needed from 11am to 3pm, Mon-Fri, $400 weekly. Computer skills are a must. Need to be detail oriented, possess good customer skills,Some cash and items handling skills.must be able to do small errands.Email peterklint@ Newspaper Delivery Route Immediate Opening Route available on Fridays to deliver the Palo Alto Weekly, an awardwinning community newspaper, to homes and businesses in Palo Alto. Newspapers must be picked up between 6AM and 8AM in Palo Alto and delivered by 5PM. Pays approx. $100 per day (plus $20 bonus for extra large editions). Additional bonus of approx. $200 following successful 13 week introductory period. Must be at least 18 y/o. Valid CDL, reliable vehicle and current auto insurance req’d. Please email your experience and qualifications to Or call Jon Silver, 650-868-4310

Cafe Borrone IS HIRING Friendly Servers Prep and Line Cook A bustling and energetic environment! Smiles, Energy Mandatory

German language class

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Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

133 Music Lessons

Honda 2008 Civic - $2800

Christina Conti Private Piano Instruction (650) 493-6950

toyota 2001 highlander - $11,000 Toyota 2007 Tundra - $3500

Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192

202 Vehicles Wanted Cash for Cars Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 www. (AAN CAN)

Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

Hachiya persimmons - $0.25 each Pet Tote Bag Carrier Sherpa - $35

Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered

Donate Your Car Fast Free Towing 24 hr. Response - Tax Deduction. UNITED BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. Providing Free Mammograms & Breast Cancer Info. 888-792-1675 (Cal-SCAN)

Childcare Provider!! $200 week

203 Bicycles

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2 bikes - $75: $175

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345 Tutoring/ Lessons

135 Group Activities Square Dance Lessons

140 Lost & Found $50 reward


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English Writing/SAT Tutor

Palo Alto, 1357 Cowper Street, November 23, 8-4

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215 Collectibles & Antiques


Contemporary Nude Oil Painting - $495

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Restaurant: Sous Chef and Genl. Manager positions. Bakery counter help/sales, barista. Popular Woodside restaurant and bakery. Send resume to WoodsideBakery@

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Business Services

Borrone MarketBar Opening Fall 2013 Full/Part-Time Apply in Person

624 Financial

Crystal bracelets - $15 to 20. firrewood seasoned oak firewood delivered to your driveway, $350.00 per cord $200.00 per 1/2 call bob at 650 740 9091 or mark 650 743 3570 leave a message we will get back to you

540 Domestic Help Wanted

1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Train/Bus Accessibility Retail Sales, Patrick James Technology Jive Software, Inc. has the following job opportunity available in Palo Alto, CA: Sr. Manager, Project Management: Direct activities of professional and high level employees with similar technical or functional responsibilities. Plan, design, develop and implements new project plans for integrated solutions using tools such as Microsoft Project/ Omniplan, Jira, etc. Mail resumes to: Attn: Kevin Lee, Jive Software Inc. 325 Lytton Avenue, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Must reference job code SPM-PA.

525 Adult Care Wanted Caregiver Caregiver wanted for elderly gentleman in Palo Alto Monday thru Friday, mornings only at this time Prepare meals, light housekeeping & shopping. Must be good cook Please call Kevin 650-387-6751

Student Loan Payments? Cut your STUDENT LOAN payments in HALF or more even if you are Late or in Default. Get Relief FAST Much LOWER payments. Call Student Hotline 855589-8607 (Cal-SCAN)

645 Office/Home Business Services Guaranteed Income For Your Retirement. Avoid market risk & get guaranteed income in retirement! CALL for FREE copy of our SAFE MONEY GUIDE Plus Annuity Quotes from A-Rated companies! 800-375-8607 (Cal-SCAN)

Home Services 710 Carpentry Cabinetry-Individual Designs Precise, 3-D Computer Modeling: Mantels * Bookcases * Workplaces *Wall Units * Window Seats. Ned Hollis, 650/856-9475

715 Cleaning Services House Cleaning in the BAY!!! Maria’s Housecleaning Service 19 years exp., excellent refs. Good rates, own car. Maria, 650/207-4709

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LANDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GARDENING & LANDSCAPING *Yard Maintenance *New Lawns *Clean Ups *Tree Trimming *Rototilling *Power Wash *Irrigation timer programming. 17 years exp. Ramon 650-576-6242

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Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477.

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730 Electrical

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737 Fences & Gates Lopez Fences *Redwood fences *Chainlink fences *Repairs *Decks, retaining walls 12 years exp. Free est. 650/771-0908 or 771-2989

748 Gardening/ Landscaping Beckys Landscape Weekly/periodic maint. Annual rose/fruit tree pruning, clean-ups, irrigation, sod, planting, raised beds. Power washing. 650/444-3030 Citiscapes I have landscaped here for over 30 years. Free consultation. Ken MacDonald 650-465-5627 Lic# 749570 J. Garcia Garden Maintenance Service Free est. 20 years exp. (650)3664301 or (650)346-6781

R.G. Landscape Yard Clean-ups, maintenance, installations. Call Reno for free est. 650/4688859 Shubha Landscape Design Inc. Tired of Mow, Blow and Go? Owner operated, 40 years exp. All phases of gardening/landscaping. Ref. Call Eric, 408/356-1350

751 General Contracting

Mountain View, 2 BR/2 BA - $2,600

J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, garage, furniture, mattresses, green waste yard debri and more... Lic. &Ins. FREE estimates. 650-743-8852 (see my Yelp reviews) Johnston Hauling 100% Recycle Junk Removal Best Rates * Local Since 1985 650/327-HAUL; 415/999-0594 Insured - PL/PD

767 Movers BAY AREA RELOCATION SERVICES Homes, Apartments, Storage. Full Service moves. Serving the Bay Area for 20 yrs. Licensed & Insured. Armando,650-630-0424. CAL-T190632

771 Painting/ Wallpaper

CDL Construction 408-310-0355 Lic 781723B

757 Handyman/ Repairs !CompleteHome ABLE Repair ! modelin HANDYMAN!Professional inting

Redwood City, 2 BR/1 BA - $2,500.00

805 Homes for Rent Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $4900month

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Central Woodside: 4BR/4BA 2 car. Updated 6 Stall Barn. Offered at $4,950,000. Email Phone: 650-208-0664

Mountain View, 2 BR/2 BA - 139000 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000

Serving the peninsula over 15 years Residential / Commercial Apartments, drywall retexturing and repair, window cleaning, pressure washing, and more... Bonded & Insured



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STYLE PAINTING Full service painting. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650/388-8577

775 Asphalt/ Concrete

Redding, 2 BR/2 BA Treat Mom to the Vineyards adult community! Gated, Pool, Spa, lakes, gym & patio.530-377-5042 $234,500.! Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999

Roe General Engineering Asphalt, concrete, pavers, tiles, sealing, new construct, repairs. 35 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703. 650/8145572

779 Organizing Services End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)941-5073

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PA: 1BR/1BA In 4 plex. Wooded, creekside setting. Hardwood floors. Gardener. N/P. $1395 mo, lease. Contact Arn Cenedella, Agent, 650/566-5329


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HALL OF FAMERS . . . Former Stanford quarterback Frankie Albert and Cardinal women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer were among four inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. Also inducted were ex-San Jose Earthquakes soccer star Paul Childs, and long-time South Bay high school baseball coach Gary Cunningham. Former Cardinal pitcher Mark Appel and University of Oklahoma softball pitcher Keilani Ricketts were honored as Amateur Athletes of the Year.

ON THE AIR Friday Women’s volleyball: Washington St. at Stanford, 6 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks; KZSU (90.1 FM) Prep football: Oak Grove at MenloAtherton, 7 p.m.; KCEA (89.1 FM)

Saturday Men’s water polo: Cal at Stanford, 10 a.m.; Pac-12 Networks Women’s basketball: Stanford at Texas, 10:30 a.m.; Fox Sports Net; KZSU (90.1 FM) College football: Cal at Stanford, 1 p.m.; FOX; KNBR (1050 AM); KZSU (90.1 FM)

Monday Men’s basketball: Stanford vs. Houston in Brooklyn, N.Y., 6:30 p.m.; ESPN2; KNBR (1050 AM) For expanded daily coverage of college and prep sports, visit

Stanford has held possession of the Axe for three straight years and plans on making it four in a row when California visits Saturday for the 116th annual Big Game. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

Big Game rekindles Stanford postseason hopes While loss to USC may have bounced Cardinal from Rose Bowl, Cal and Notre Dame games offer opportunity by Rick Eymer


ig Game Week on the Stanford campus started like any other week, with the possible exception of the annual goring of the Teddy Bear by the Leland Stanford Junior Marching Band at the fountain fondly nicknamed “The Claw.” It’s a tradition known as “bearial.” “You know there is bad blood in the water,” Stanford receiver Jeff

Trojan said. “We’re not very fond of each other. They stole our Axe and I don’t like them for that.” One hundred and fourteen years later and he’s still holding a grudge. That’s what makes this week so special. Throw out the records and bring in the rivalry. This is a unique week of its own. Forget that 20-17 loss at USC on Saturday. Time to focus on California,

which visits Stanford this Saturday for the 116th edition of the Big Game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. “It’s Cal,” said Trojan, who grew in Southern California firmly entrenched in the UCLAUSC quarrel. “There’s no problem getting excited to play your rival. It’s a chance to keep the Axe and dominate Northern California.” For Stanford (6-2 in the Pac-12, 8-2 overall) it’s a chance to jump

back on the yellow brick road toward a berth in a premier bowl game. For California (0-8, 1-10), it’s a chance to salvage what has been a dreadful year. “You can go 1-11 and if that win is the Big Game, you save your season a little bit,” Trojan said. Former Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham lives on in school his­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®



Gunn girls’ first trip to finals tops a busy day

Palo Alto, Menlo and Priory girls reach the finals

by Keith Peters he 2013 Central Coast Section water polo finals will bring together a lot of familiar teams, but also will provide a variety of story lines for veteran coaches and historically successful programs. The Sacred Heart Prep girls will be seeking an unprecedented seventh straight Division II title. The Sacred Heart Prep boys will be playing in their 11th straight championship match. Castilleja will be seeking a first-ever title under its Olympic gold-medalist coach. The Menlo School boys are back in the Division II finals after missing out last season. And, the Menlo-Atherton boys will have another shot at Bellarmine in Division I in a rematch of last year’s finale. And then there are the Gunn girls and their head coach, Mark Hernandez.

by Ari Kaye erhaps haunted by last year’s loss to Menlo-Atherton in the Central Coast Section semifinals, Palo Alto head coach Dave Winn started doing his research on this year’s Menlo-Atherton team two weeks before Wednesday night’s match — even though the Vikings and Bears were not a guaranteed matchup. The extra homework paid off in a big way as the fifth-seeded Vikings got a career night from junior outside hitter Jade Schoenberger in a 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9 victory over the top-seeded Bears in a CCS Division I girls’ volleyball semifinal. “Everybody on our team had to do what they could,” Winn said of the upset win. “Nobody had to be heroic. I am really proud of all of them.”



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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams from Palo Alto High has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award. Adams, a redshirt sophomore, is having a record season with 91 receptions, 967 yards and 15 touchdowns that has played a pivotal role in the team’s 9-0 record and No. 15 ranking in the BCS standings. Adams leads the nation in three categories this season — he has hauled in 15 touchdowns, averages a nationalbest 10.11 receptions per game and leads all wideouts in the FBS with five games with 10-plus receptions. This week, Adams ranks No. 10 in the FBS in receiving yards per game with 107.4. Adams is one of two receivers in the Mountain West to surpass 200 yards plus receiving in a game this year (with teammate Josh Harper) and one of 16 players to do so in the NCAA this season. Adams has 193 catches and 29 touchdowns in just 22 career games. . . . University of San Diego senior defensive end Steve Gargiulo from Palo Alto High was named a Pioneer Football League co-defensive player of the week following his outstanding performance in the team’s 23-13 season-ending win over the Drake Bulldogs. Gargiulo notched five tackles for loss in the win against Drake, including 2 1/2 sacks as part of an eight-tackle (three solo) outing. Gargiulo also forced a fumble that stalled a Drake drive in the third quarter.

Gunn senior Caroline Anderson leads the Titans into their first CCS finale.


Stanford teams take a run at NCAA cross-country titles by Rick Eymer tanford cross-country coach Chris Miltenberg can see better days ahead. That’s because the present looks a lot better now than it did just a few weeks ago. Miltenberg, named NCAA Division I Cross Country West Region Men’s Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches, brings his women’s and men’s teams to the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind., in what many considered a rebuild-


ing year. “It was different for both teams,” Miltenberg said. “The men were starting to make progress. They decided to control their own destiny. As the lead runners began to dwindle down, we still had our No. 4 runner ahead of some of the other No. 5 runners.” Miltenberg, in his second season, guided Stanford to victory at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento last week. Miltenberg also coached the Stanford women into the NCAA’s. The Cardinal was second at the

NCAA West Region and are ranked No. 12. This marks the 20th consecutive season that both the Stanford men and women will compete as a team in the national championships. “With the women, we have two great runners up front we can depend on,” he said. “Runners 3 through 11 are all about equal and we needed a great effort from five runners on the same day for a great result.” In addition to Miltenberg’s honor, seven Stanford runners were named to the All-West Region

team — Michael Atchoo, Sean McGorty, Erik Olson, Jim Rosa, Aisling Cuffe, Megan Lacy and Jessica Tonn. The Stanford men enter the national meet with a No. 4 national ranking after being ranked a low as No. 29 midway through the season. However, fourth place at the Pre-Nationals, third in the Pac-12, and a regional championship have vaulted Stanford to contending status. “We want to get back to a place where we take on a blue-collar mindset,” Miltenberg said. “The

program has had great success and there’s an assumption it’s always going to happen. The guys realize they have to earn that back.” Stanford was the only school to place three among the top 10 at regionals, led by Jim Rosa’s runner-up finish. Also, Olson was third and Atchoo sixth. “It’s exciting. There are great crowds. Composure is everything,” Miltenberg said of the national meet atmosphere. The Stanford men last won an NCAA cross country title in 2003, while the women won in 2007. N


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Cardinal faces South Carolina in second round on Friday; women’s volleyball sweeps Pac-12 leader Washington

tory books as much as for going unbeaten in the Big Game, both as a head coach and assistant coach, than for getting the Cardinal into the 2000 Rose Bowl. Stanford’s seven-game winning streak between 1995 and 2001, the longest of the series, all came on Willingham’s watch. He also served as an assistant for three years under Denny Green. He’s a perfect 10 against the Golden Bears. “This game should be played in November,” Cardinal coach David Shaw said. “People on both sides are doing what they can to keep it late. It’s going to be a Big Game atmosphere.” The Earth’s axis bent a little bit when the Big Game was held in October, for the only time, last year under the guise of the Pac12 Network’s television contract. The world returns to its proper position this time around. “It’s all about tangible evidence,” Trojan said. “We’re playing for a trophy. You know they are going to give us their shot.” Last year’s game featured Josh Nunes at quarterback, Zach Ertz at tight end and Stepfan Taylor rushing for his career-high. Tyler Gaffney was off playing baseball and Kevin Hogan was still a gleam in Shaw’s overall point of view. Stanford was ranked No. 22. Stanford had lost two of its previous three games; Cal had won its previous two games, including a convincing victory over UCLA. The Cardinal, however, started an eight-game winning streak with its 21-3 win over the Bears last year. California finished the year with five consecutive losses. Following the Big Game, Stanford will host Notre Dmae on Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. Beating the Bears and Irish should put Stanford in the running for a BCS bowl. “There’s a possibility we can still get into a good bowl game,” Cardinal cornerback Wayne Lyons said. “We want to make sure we do everything we can.” Big Game week always help. “The energy before the game is

by Rick Eymer t has been a while since the No. 17-ranked Stanford women’s soccer team has been in the underdog role so early in the NCAA tournament. But, that’s exactly where the Cardinal finds itself heading into Friday’s second-round match (5 p.m.) against South Carolina at UCLA. The Bruins and Kentucky meet in a later match, with the winners playing in Sunday’s Sweet Sixteen at 4 p.m. The Cardinal (14-5-1) beat visiting Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, in the first round last Friday night, outshooting the Titans, 21-6. The Gamecocks (17-3-2) knocked off Furman, 5-0. Taylor Uhl scored the lone goal. “It shows they had a great year and they know how to finish,” Stanford junior midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta said. “We have to bring our ‘A’ game. At practice, we keep getting better. We’re still improving.” Stanford, which has reached each of the past five Final Fours, winning the national title in 2011, has had to incorporate eight freshmen and overcome the loss of senior goalie Emily Oliver, one of the top goalkeepers in Cardinal history, to early medical retirement a few weeks into the season. “We clicked in the first week of practice,” LaBonta said. It took longer on the field to click. A lot of people bring different things to the team.” Cardinal coach Paul Ratcliffe tinkered with his lineup nearly every game, and even showed a different lineup against the Titans. “It’s an inexperienced group but I told them their freshmen season is over,” Ratycliffe said. “This is a new season. We want to play well, put our best foot forward, and compete.” Freshmen Maddie Bauer and Stephanie Amack were key for Stanford against Cal State Fullerton. The defenders not only helped keep the ball out of the net, defended by freshman Jane Campbell, but also started many


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Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney has averaged 157.8 yards rushing and scored eight touchdowns in the past four games. pretty incredible,” Stanford defensive tackle David Parry said. “You can actually feel the rivalry.” Despite Cal’s lack of success this season, Stanford won’t be overlooking the Bears. “The loss to USC is motivation enough,” Parry said. “We have no room to let up and take it easy on somebody. Cal is a better team than their record shows.” Shaw’s sentiments exactly. “We’re looking at a team with athletes,” he said. “Regardless of the record they have good skill players and can put points on the scoreboard quickly.” NOTES: Stanford will be without cornerback Alex Carter, who sustained a mild concussion against USC. Shaw said he was being held out for precautionary purposes and should be fine for Notre Dame. Devon Carrington will replace him, with Ronnie Harris and Barry Browning also rotating in . . . Shaw also announced that Stanford’s Shannon Turley was named National Strength Coach Association’s

Coach of the Year. “He pushes them hard during the offseason. He makes them hurt, but makes them better,” Shaw said. “Our health is a direct result of that.” . . . Cardinal placekicker Jordan Williamson is questionable for the game. He tried to warm up against the Trojans and couldn’t go. Williamson visited a doctor to determine exactly what’s the problem. He should kick against Cal, but will test his leg first . . . Tyler Gaffney and Ty Montgomery were held out of practices earlier in the week to help each of them recovering from bumps and bruises . . . Offensive guard David Yankey is one of six semifinalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy, announced during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, joining of host of Cardinal players who advanced onto semifinal watch lists . . . Trent Murphy, who leads the nation in sacks, was not among the semifinalists for the Dick Butkus Award. Shyane Skov was on the list. N

of the attacks that led to scoring opportunities. “Maddie is having an incredible season,” Ratcliffe said. “She’s a leader as a freshman and plays nearly 90 minutes every game.” Senior Natalie Griffen and sophomore Laura Liedle are also important on the back end for the Cardinal. Griffen and fellow seniors Courtney Verloo, Sydney Payne, Oliver, Shelby Payne and Taylor McCann have been part of a great tradition at Stanford. “They have been amazing for the program,” Ratcliffe said. “It’s one of the most successful classes ever and it would be great if we found a way to end end their careers on a high note.” Women’s volleyball Senior Rachel Williams had a big day behind the service line as well as at the net, helping fifthranked Stanford knock off No. 3 Washington, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22, Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion in Pac-12 action. The Cardinal (14-3 in the Pac12, 21-5 overall) hosts Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m. Stanford, all alone in second place, drew within a game of first-place Washington in the conference standings, with three matches remaining. Williams led a balanced attack with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .529 as the Cardinal beat its first top 10 opponent and improved to 19-0 on the season when winning the first two sets of a match. Williams, who also had nine digs, four blocks and two aces, served the final six points of the second set, including an ace to finish the comeback. Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku registered 10 kills on a .400 hitting percentage to go with eight blocks, including two solo. Senior Carly Wopat added nine kills and two blocks. Palo Alto High grad Melanie Wade played in all three games for Washington and had three kills and six block assists. N

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Palo Alto wraps up with fourth at state finals by Keith Peters


he Palo Alto girls golf team accomplished more in its first season of existence than most teams do in program history. The Vikings shared the SCVAL regular-season title with Gunn, captured their first-ever Central Coast Section crown, and finished second at the NorCal Championships. To top it all off, Palo Alto grabbed fourth place at the NCGA/CIF/CGA Girls State Championships on Wednesday at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley. The Vikings had 423 strokes to trail state champ Torrey Pines (364) plus Diamond Bar and Walnut, who finished tied for second with 396 strokes. Palo Alto wound up as the

top team from the CCS and No. 2 squad (to Diamond Bar) from Northern California. CCS champ St. Francis (Mountain View) finished fifth with 438 strokes while Amador Valley (Pleasanton) was sixth at 447. “Great season,” said Paly coach Doyle Knight. “I’m very proud of the girls. The three players who were not part of the top six came down to cheer on the others. At the end of the 18th hole, they would run up to their teammates after they finished and gave them a big hug. By the time Michelle came in, all eight were there waiting to give her a hug.” Palo Alto junior Michelle Xie, who won medalist honors at both the CCS and NorCal tournaments, tied for eighth Wednesday

while shooting a 3-over 74. She had the second-lowest score by a NorCal golfer. Elizabeth Schultz of Acalanes shot 71. “Michelle was very upset at the end,” said Knight. “She knew she left some shots on the course she should have made. As the girls ran up to her she started crying. Under the stress of wanting to do well, college coaches watching and a long season, it finally caught up to her. “In the tough matches, she was the backbone of the team. She was the one who had to score low so the other four could come in and finish it off.” Paly senior Annie Chen and freshman Emily Hwang each shot 81 to tie for 33rd overall. Senior Audrey Horn carded a 90 and freshman Celia Willner wrapped up the scoring with a 97. Freshman Elise Kiya had a non-scoring 99. Gunn senior Jayshree Sarathy, who competed as an individual, fired a 5-over 77 to wrap up her highly successful prep career. N


Robinson runs Gunn into the state finals by Ari Kaye rior to Saturday’s CCS Championships in cross country, only two girls from the section had ever broken the 17-minute mark at the 2.95-mile Crystal Springs layout in Belmont. Gunn’s senior runner Sarah Robinson made sure to add her name to the exclusive list in her final competition at the course. Robinson dominated with a 16:59 time, helping the Gunn girls’ team finish second with 75 points in Division I, securing the Titans one of two berths in the CIF State Meet. Monta Vista was the other Division I girls team to qualify for state, placing first with 52 points. Menlo-Atherton just missed out


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by taking third with 85 points. “I am thrilled with the results today,” said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. “This team really rose to the occasion. Everyone gave it their all. I found it very inspiring and moving. “Sarah’s race may have been the best high school performance that I have witnessed. Everything conspired against her. It was windy, blustery, cold and dusty, and then moments before the race was to start, the officials stopped the race to allow for paramedics to drive in. The runners then had to wait 35 minutes all the while the conditions deteriorated even further. But she would be not be denied.” Robinson’s time was the sixthfastest ever for a high school girl on the Crystal Springs course, and was the fourth-best CCS girls’ run of all-time. “I was trying to go as hard as I could,” Robinson said about finishing strong near the finish line. “I could hear people (from the crowd) saying ‘you’re under 17 minutes,’ so I was trying just to push it.” Robinson was actually the second girl on the afternoon to break the 17-minute mark, as another senior runner, Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley High, finished with a 16:53 time in the Division IV girls’ race. Robinson’s teammates also ran extremely well, as sophomore Gillian Meeks finished 11th (18:55), and freshman Claire Hu ended up in 16th place (19:07). Maya Miklos (19:34) was 21st and Illi Gardner (19:44) was 26th to round out Gunn’s scoring. Gunn clinched the spot ahead of M-A with its top-two finishes as Robinson was nine places ahead of Madeleine Baier and Meeks was one spot ahead of Katie Beebe. In the Division I boys’ race, Menlo-Atherton senior Zach Plante had the No. 8 time at 15:46, good enough for him to qualify for the state meet. In the Division V races, the Priory girls and boys both came away with first-place finishes, qualifying both squads for the state meet. Pinewood’s Nicole Colonna won the girls’ D-5 title in 19:30. In Division IV, Sacred Heart Prep junior Daniel Hill was an individual qualifier for the state meet after finishing fourth in 16:05. The Gators took fifth as a team. The Menlo School girls, among the early favorites to advance as a team, instead finished sixth with only the top four moving on. The Knights did have two individual qualifiers for the state finals as Zoe Enright ran 18:32 for fifth and Lizzie Lacy clocked 18:34 for sixth. N


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Schoenberger finished with a career-high 24 kills and senior outside hitter Becca Raffel poured in 21 kills of her own, as the Vikings (24-9) advanced to the championship game against SCVAL De Anza Division rival Homestead on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose at 7 p.m. “Phenomenal match,” Winn said of Schoenberger’s performance. “She’s really come a long way from the beginning of this season; she was unsure of her hitting early on. Tonight she was poised, and had a lot of variety in her shots.” Senior middle blocker Lauren Kerr (11 kills) and senior libero Keri Gee (29 digs) also were big contributors to the Vikings’ winning cause. For Menlo-Atherton head coach Ron Whitmill and his girls, the loss certainly stung, as the Bears (21-10) had made the CCS Division I finals each of the past four seasons. “That was a good match, they were just the better team today,” Whitmill said of Paly. “We didn’t execute our game plan the way we wanted to. And to (Paly’s) credit, their players stepped up and played big.” Bears’ senior outside hitter Paulina King ended her career with a team-high 19 kills, while junior outside hitter/setter Devin Joos did a little of everything for M-A with 29 digs, 18 kills and three aces. Freshman Kirby Knapp added 48 assists, sophomore Leanna Collins had 16 kills and senior Virginia Lane finished with 20 digs. The pivotal fifth match opened with a powerful kill in the middle from Kerr, electrifying the Palo Alto fans in attendance, and giving the Vikings some early momentum in the shortened game. “You never like to have to play game fives,” Whitmill said. “Momentum goes away in the beginning just a little bit, and it’s really hard to turn things around.” Paly ended up leading for the duration of the fifth set, which ended on Raffel’s final kill of the evening. With the win, Paly moves to the finals of the CCS for the first time since 2011, when the Vikings were state champions. Although Winn acknowledged that his current squad might not have quite as much talent as the 2011 team that featured five future Division I players, he believed his girls are playing to their potential. “When you have to play the gauntlet of the De Anza league, make it through there, and then beat a team as quality as M-A, that’s a state championship for this year’s team,” Winn said. Paly will face off against No. 2 Homestead (25-7) with the knowledge that the Mustangs already have two wins against them this season. Both teams, however, already have qualified for the CIF

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The senior became only the sixth girl in history to run under 17 minutes at Crystal Springs as she clocked 16:59 to win CCS Division I individual honors and help the Titans to the state finals in cross country.

The senior running back carried 33 times for 245 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 24, 6, 17 and 3 yards to pace the Bears to a come-from-behind 40-33 win over Woodside, earning a CCS Division II No. 3 seed.


Honorable mention Caroline Anderson Gunn water polo

Aashli Budhiraja Palo Alto tennis

Nicole Colonna Pinewood cross country

Julianne Le-Madeline Lee Palo Alto tennis

Hana Marsheck Priory cross country

Melissa Tran-P. Golikova Menlo tennis

Chris Gregory Priory cross country

Sam Kelley Palo Alto water polo

Philippe Marco Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Evan McClelland Menlo-Atherton water polo

Riley Tinsley Sacred Heart Prep football

Chris Xi Menlo water polo * previous winner

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NorCal playoffs. Division IV Menlo School staved off a familiar foe in a 3-1 victory over league opponent Harker in a semifinal match at Notre DameBelmont on Wednesday. The Knights, ranked No. 20 in CalHi’s state rankings, improved to 28-5 with a 25-21, 23-25, 2514, 25-22 win. The No. 1-seeded Knights face No. 3 Soquel (21-6) in the title match Saturday at Independence High at 12:30 p.m. It’s Menlo’s first appearance in the finals since 2008. With the win, Menlo also heads to the CIF NorCal playofs, which begin Tuesday. “We played well enough tonight to move into the CCS finals and to play in the NorCal tournament,” Menlo coach Steve Cavella said. “It’s a great accomplishment for the team. I’m really proud of everyone.” The Knights defeated the Eagles twice during the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season. The Knights got a big contribution from Maddie Stewart, who came in during the third game

and had nine kills in Games 3 and 4. “She was a real difference maker,” Cavella said. “She had a key block coming out of a Harker timeout at the end of the fourth game. I don’t think we would have won tonight without her stellar performance.” Division V Priory failed to win a single match during the WBAL Foothill Division season, but the Panthers nonetheless will have an opportunity to play for a CCS after they defeated No. 3 Pinewood, 25-13, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18, on Wednesday at St. Thomas More in San Jose. Second-seeded Priory (15-12) will defend its section title on Saturday at Independence High (10:30 a.m.) against No. 4 Crystal Springs (15-15), which won a five-set semifinal match from No. 1 seed Mt. Madonna. The Panthers advanced behind the effort of senior Marine HallPoirier, who finished with 23 kills and 28 digs. Jane Ross had 14 kills and 14 digs, Michaela Koval added 15 digs and setter Riley Gallivan had 42 assists. N

“I think I may be the only coach in CCS history to take a boys and girls team to the CCS championship game,” Hernandez said. Hernandez coached the Gunn boys to the Division II title match in 2004. The Titans, however, fell to Bellarmine, 16-7. Now, Hernandez has his Gunn girls in the Division I finals, thanks to an 11-5 victory over No. 6-seeded Leland (18-11) on Wednesday night at Menlo-Atherton High. “This is probably the biggest win in school history, because it puts us in our first CCS championship game in school history,” Hernandez said. “It was also probably our best game of the year.” Senior Caroline Anderson led the way with three goals while sisters Natasha and Bianca Batista each had two goals, as did Erica Watkins. “Caroline was brilliant, as she always is,” Hernandez said. “She worked hard on both ends of the course, and had to work hard to get her shots, but she imposed her will on the game. She set the tone and played with an inspiring desire to win. “(Goalie) Sam Acker also made some remarkable saves. Leland is very good at attacking the goal, at creating some point-blank shots, and they are relentless; but Sam was unafraid, and rose to the occasion. But, the entire team played well.” The victory moved Gunn into the CCS Division I finals on Saturday, a test against top-seeded St. Francis (25-2) at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara at 1 p.m. “As expected, the final test for us is the most difficult — St. Francis,” Hernandez said. “They’re obviously an elite team that won’t beat themselves. So, we just need to find a way to beat them.” The Lancers advanced with an 18-6 romp over No. 4 MenloAtherton (17-9). Division II girls Top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep (21-7) will have a shot at an unprecedented seventh straight section title after the Gators defeated No. 5 Soquel (22-6) by a 13-3 count on Tuesday at MenloAtherton High. Freshman Maddy Johnston scored three goals with Caitlin Stuewe, Layla Waters and Camille Zelinger all tallying twice for the Gators, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. SHP (21-7) will face No. 3 Castilleja (14-7) in the title match Saturday in Santa Clara at 11:30 a.m. This will be the third meeting between the teams in the championship game. SHP previously won in 2008 and 2010. Castilleja advanced with a 6-5 victory over No. 7 Presentation. Castilleja coach Brenda Villa, who helped the U.S. women’s Olympic team win a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Games in Lon-

don, will look to guide her girls to a first-ever section crown. Castilleja and SHP met earlier this year in a preseason game with Sacred Heart Prep prevailing, 10-4. Against Presentation, sophomore Heejung Chung scored the deciding goal with under 1:30 to play. Divison I boys The No. 3-seeded MenloAtherton earned a return berth to the Division I finals following a 9-7 overtime victory over No. 2 St. Francis (12-17). Evan McClelland scored four goals to lead the Bears (15-10). Mostyn Fero scored twice, his first tying the match at 6 with under 30 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Fero also gave M-A the lead at 7-6 in the first OT and teammate Jorge Pont followed with another goal for the eventual winning margin. McClelland provided the final goal. The Bears will take on No. 1 Bellarmine (18-10) in the title match Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Bells bounced No. 5 Palo Alto (24-6) from the playoffs, 14-5, in the other semifinal at Serra. Sam Kelley and Winston Rosati each scored twice for Paly. Saturday’s showdown in the title match will be a rematch of last year’s CCS finale that Bellarmine won, 9-8. M-A is looking for its second section crown and its first since 2007. Division II boys Stanford-bound senior Harrison Enright poured in five goals to pace top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep to a 16-8 dunking of No. 5 Soquel (21-8) in the semifinals Wednesday night at Serra High. The Gators (25-3) also got four goals from Will Conner and three each from fellow juniors Nelson Perla-Ward and Michael Swart. The two-time defending champion Gators will take on neighborhood rival and No. 2 seed Menlo School in Saturday’s title match at 10 a.m. SHP will be playing in its 11th straight title match and will be seeking a seventh section title since 2003. SHP has won five of the past six section crowns. Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo will be meeting in the finals for the seventh time in 11 years, with Menlo holding a 4-3 advantage in the series. In the first semifinal at Serra, Andreas Katsis scored four goals and goalie John Wilson came up with 16 saves, as Menlo School (23-3) advanced to the finals with an 11-4 victory over No. 3 St. Ignatius (19-8). The Knights earned their first trip to the section finals since 2010 and will be looking for a sixth crown since coach Jack Bowen took over as head coach in 2000. Menlo had eight different players with assists while five scored goals, five earned ejections, and six had steals. Tegan Nibbi, Nick Bisconti and Chris Xi all had two goals for the Knights. N

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